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      03-22-2011, 02:20 AM   #21
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I disagree with the ASAP arthroplasty (total hip). Although core decompression (drilling holes) and even a vascularized free-fibula graft has spotty success, really depending on how bad the disease is, a total hip at 37 is a BIG DEAL...I would say a much bigger deal than 4 percs and a handfull of Advil daily.

As for the recommendation of a "doc that does high-profile athletes"...that is maybe not the best advice. In our business, a physician or group can buy the rights to market themselves as the "team doctor". The players will actually go somewhere else, usually directed by the team/coach/manager. The high-profile surgeons (a la Jimmy Andrews) do SPORTS MEDICINE and not large joint arthropasty.

Best of luck in your quest!
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