Monday, March 23, 2009

Ballerina's career saved by pioneering surgery at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Inspired by an older sister who danced, 32-year-old ballerina Kara Bruzina began her training when she was 8. Over the years, she learned to manage the pain from twisted ankles, shin splints and other minor, nagging injuries. But two years ago, Bruzina began experiencing severe hip pain while performing with Ballet Memphis. After a season ending performance, she could barely walk off the stage.

When a Nashville doctor diagnosed a torn labrum in her left hip, Bruzina realized her career was in jeopardy. She turned to the Internet for help and found Barry Waldman, M.D., of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, a leading expert in the field. Dr. Waldman recommended Bruzina undergo a pioneering form of hip arthroplasty surgery.

Once considered an option of last resort reserved for seniors living with severe arthritis, young people are increasingly turning to joint replacement surgery to end their chronic pain and regain lost mobility.

Click here to read more about joint replacement surgery and Bruzina's story.

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