New York Daily News—May 31, 2009
Suddenly the hippest thing in Major League Baseball is getting hip surgery.
In the last eight months alone, players who have had labrum surgery include Mike Lowell, Chase Utley, Alex Gordon, Alex Rodriguez, and, just last week, Carlos Delgado.
Some see the spike in injuries - perhaps due in part to the use of performance-enhancing drugs - as a cause for concern. Others see improved technology and more information about the nature of hip injuries as the explanation for the hike in surgeries.
On Friday, Phillies starting pitcher Brett Myers became the latest major leaguer to sign up for the invasive procedure after a visit to Dr. Bryan Kelly, a prominent orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Kelly and several other specialists say medical technology and understanding the nature of the injury are contributing to more common diagnoses.
"For years there were guys with groin pulls on the disabled list, and now we're recognizing that these recurrent groin pulls often times have more to do with stuff going on inside the joint," Kelly told the Daily News on Friday.
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