American Hip Institute

Success Stories

Gavin Cline

Gavin Cline is your average 16 year old. Loves hockey. Tolerates high school and girls!

In April of 2012 he was playing AAA hockey and had a personal trainer. Life was good. By June of 2012, the hockey season was over, personal training continued for the summer months, and he was having pain in his hip flexor area. Squats were all but impossible. “It feels like my hip bones are touching each other in the socket”. Yeah right, they can’t do that. Can they?! We thought it was just tight hip flexors. An athletic roller was purchased and Gavin would roll out the flexor area. It didn’t relieve all of the pain.

The next season for hockey started in August. The pain was still there but bearable. In the beginning of the season Gavin was in the top 5 for speed. By the end of the season, April 2013, he was skating with the goalies! Sometimes the pain would take his breath away, he would push past it, but for some reason he just couldn’t keep his speed.

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Patrick Metcalf

“I feel like nothing ever happened,” responded Patrick Metcalf when asked about his recent arthroscopic hip surgery. “Honestly, my hip feels 100 percent.”

At the time of his hip injury, Metcalf was a senior football player for Naperville North High School in Naperville, IL. He had seen three surgeons, had two MRIs and still had no definitive diagnosis. “The first three doctors I saw couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me,” said Metcalf. “The best thing they could come up with was that it was a fluid buildup in my upper thigh. It was horrible since I was on crutches for a few months and not able to put any weight on it at all.”

Then Metcalf found the American Hip Institute. “Within a few minutes of talking to to the doctor, he had an idea of what was wrong with me,” Metcalf stated. “He sent me for some tests that confirmed his original diagnosis.” The doctor had correctly diagnosed him with an acute labral tear, an injury to the cartilage rim of the hip socket.

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Eric Edwards

Eric Edwards, 31, of Lisle, IL, woke up one day in excruciating pain. Eric studied and trained in virtually every type of martial arts, body-building, rugby, wresting, yoga, as well as more traditional athletics such as football, basketball and track. Eric was particularly active and intense in his training in his adolescence and early 20s.

Eric attended physical therapy, focused on his back for five months and treated pain from three herniated discs and a pinched sciatic nerve with epidural injections.

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Melissa Stevens

While training for the Chicago Half Marathon, avid runner and physical therapist Melissa Stevens, 37, of DeKalb, IL, began experiencing achy hip pain. She began a course of self-guided physical therapy for about one week with no improvement.

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Kathryn Warner

Kathryn Warner, a high-level track athlete of Batavia, IL, has always been extremely active. While competing in the most physically demanding collegiate track events, including pole vaulting and hurdling, Kathryn noticed progressive hip discomfort.

Her senior year of high school, she was diagnosed with impingement (FAI) in her left hip. The pain continued to worsen through her track season, and progressed to where she was unable to walk. Kathryn underwent surgery on her left hip on June 16, 2010, just before her freshman year of college. Three months later, Kathryn was back on the track and competing in all the same events pre-surgery at East Carolina University.

Only one short year later, Kathryn started feeling pain in her right hip. Trusting in the doctor of the American Hip Institute and his ability to not only help her pain, but get her back into her track career, she had her right hip surgery on June 3, 2011.

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Other Success Stories of Hip Arthroscopy Patients:

 

“My initial symptoms were pain in the hip flexor area. I honestly did not know what it was, then got an MRI which showed a tear. I was highly recommended to see a doctor affiliated with the American Hip Institute and I am glad I did. He was very personable. He made it comfortable. When I met him the first time, I could tell right away that I was in good hands. Its been a long experience, but its worth it in the end. I thank my doctor and my therapist for my return to Baseball. If I had to recommend anyone for hip surgery, he would be the first on the list.”

– Erik Lis (Minor League Baseball Player, Joliet Slammers)

“I have had hip pain for almost 4 years. I saw my surgeon for the first time one year ago and had the surgery. By the first postop appointment I was so thrilled and excited the pain had already diminished. And by 3-4 months postop I was about 80% changed in pain. It felt so much better. That’s when I decided to go forward with the left hip. I am so pleased. I was seen by 2 other orthopedic surgeons and decided surgery was to be done, but finding the right surgeon was the key. I would have been anywhere in the world and come back to see him. He was the only choice for the second hip and I could not be happier. It was a blessing to find him. Its not just finding a surgeon, Its not just finding a physician, Its making a friend, and that’s what everyone in the office is here to be for you. As a mother of 4 children under 4 and younger, this is getting me back to chasing after the kids, run and jump and wrestle with them. Riding the bike and just being a mom again!

– Sonya Arguijo-Frederick (All Star Mother of 4)

Hip arthroscopy at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

Arthroscopic hip surgery is a new field with many patient benefits, including faster recovery time and eliminating the need for eventual hip replacement. Dr. Benjamin Domb, an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, discusses technologically advanced techniques to treat hip injuries.