Once again in the emergency room, Liptak underwent another series of X-rays. This time, the imaging showed a significant fracture in the same hip. His local hospital wanted to perform a partial hip replacement, but Liptak preferred to be treated by the top-ranked orthopedic group in the state, Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH. His wife called RUSH in the middle of the night and was assured that her husband would be able to get treatment right away. The attending physician connected Liptak with Dr. Omar Behery, a Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH joint replacement specialist, who recommended a full hip replacement given his functional level and pre-existing degenerative hip disease. He arranged for Liptak’s admittance and surgery at Elmhurst Hospital that same day.
Degenerative joint disease or "arthritis" of the hip is extremely common among our population, affecting about 90 per 100,000 people per year. It is essentially the progressive loss of the hip joint cartilage which normally allows smooth motion of the hip joint in multiple directions. There are several etiologies which can cause a hip to be affected with arthritis.
Omar Behery, M.D., a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, has joined the joint replacement team at Chicago, Illinois-based Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR). Dr. Behery is a graduate of Chicago, Illinois-based Rush Medical College. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at New York, New York-based NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital (formerly known as Hospital for Joint Diseases). He then went to Charlotte, North Carolina, for his adult hip and knee joint reconstruction fellowship training at the OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center.