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November 14, 2019 - TCO

TCO surgeons weigh in on hip surgeries for hockey goalies

Below is an excerpt from The Buffalo News, November 2019:

“Dr. Christopher Larson, a surgeon at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Minneapolis, estimated he has performed approximately 200 such surgeries in the past year with his patients ranging in age from 16 to 28, including goalies in high school, college, the American Hockey League and National Hockey League.”

“If they play too much, which almost every good goalie does, suddenly they start to develop the extra bone and it pushes on the hip,” Dr. Robert LaPrade, also of Twin Cities Orthopedics, said. “We think it happens during their growth spurts, so it’s that peewee up through bantam age group and a lot of these high-level guys are the best on their team. The coaches want them to play all the time because it makes them look better, and, unfortunately, that leads to longer-term problems.”

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