Stephanie Beason - Young Adult Hip

Stephanie Beason playing basketball after recovery from hip resurfacing surgeryWhen she was just 12 years old, Stephanie Beason knew that she wanted a career as an athletic coach. She played on four teams as a fourth grader and tried to ignore the occasional sharp pain in her left hip. But the discomfort got worse until eventually she couldn’t even sit in one position for 30 minutes, much less play basketball or softball.

Evaluated at St. Louis Shriners Hospital, Stephanie was diagnosed by pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Perry L. Schoenecker, MD, with a shallow hip socket, called acetabular dysplasia. The condition affects women five to one over men and commonly leads to total hip replacement to treat progressive pain and joint degeneration. Unfortunately, hip replacements in young people have activity limitations and may have to be repeated over a lifetime.

Instead, Schoenecker performed a Ganz osteotomy, named for Swiss surgeon Reinhold Ganz who developed the procedure in the 1980s, in which the hip socket is surgically repositioned to correct the shallow hip socket deformity. More conservative than a hip replacement, the procedure preserves original bone and cartilage.

Stephanie did extremely well and was back competing in sports in eight months. Unfortunately, acetabular dysplasia often appears bilaterally, and during her junior year of college, Stephanie was stricken again. This time, in addition to repositioning the hip socket, Schoenecker shaved the head of her right femur to eliminate a protrusion that was causing it to “catch.” Advances in the technique and in rehabilitation tactics made the second recovery even speedier, Stephanie says.

The surgery didn’t interfere with Stephanie’s college education or the athletic scholarships that funded it, and now, at 25, she is a full-time assistant basketball coach at Kansas’ Highland Community College. Her goal is to coach in a four-year program and to successfully guide young women’s athletic careers. “Had I not had that first surgery in particular, I wouldn’t have been able to play ball in high school or college, and I wouldn’t have had my college paid for. I owe Dr. Schoenecker a lot,” she says.


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