Hip Surgery Hope

More than 193-thousand total hip replacements are performed each year in the U.S. About 10-percent of those implants will require a revision. Now, a technique borrowed from cancer survivors is giving new hope to those in the most critical situations. Robyn Haines has your Healthy Living. Walking is something Marci Ybarra must work at after a staph infection ate away her hip cartilage and part of her pelvic bone 26 years ago. She's faced a long road to recovery. Her hip dislocated 42 times in her sleep, sending her to the emergency room. Then — something no doctor had seen before. “I had a vaginal fistula. Nobody's ever had that in the world either. That's where I don't mean to sound gross, but one of the pins came loose and went through my vagina wall.” Marci was then referred to Doctor Henry Finn of the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Doctor Finn treated her fistula and would ultimately change her life with a pins and cement procedure he pioneered — a technique borrowed from bone cancer survivors and now being used to treat other patients like Marci, who after a dozen hip surgeries, has very little of her own bone left. Joint replacement is growing rapidly. Doctor Finn says in five years, 1.5 million hip replacements will be performed a year. Procedures like the pin and cement technique will offer hope to some of those patients who thought they'd run out of options to repair their bodies.