Sacrificing Summer for a Hip Surgery

By Drew Munhausen

Twelve-year-old Jordan Dean spent most of her 2018 Easter weekend spending time with family and playing outdoors. When she returned home from her aunt’s house, she started noticing some pain when she walked.

“She didn’t remember falling or having any sort of accident,” said Ryan Dean, Jordan’s father. “The pain was mostly in her groin, so I thought maybe she had just pulled a muscle. But after a week, Jordan’s pain was only getting worse.”

Jordan’s father took her to the doctor, where she got an X-ray and was prescribed some anti-inflammatory medications. The X-ray didn’t immediately show that anything was wrong, and a week of medication wasn’t lessening Jordan’s pain. Just putting the slightest amount of weight on her hip caused her immense pain, which led to her asking to use a set of crutches at school.

During Jordan’s first day on crutches, her father got a call from the school. Jordan had fallen and was in a lot of pain. He rushed to the school to get her and took her to a nearby emergency room. It was there they discovered Jordan’s hip was broken – the same hip that had been causing her pain over the past few weeks.

The emergency room physician referred Jordan to a pediatric orthopedist in the Texas Medical Center, who then referred her to Dr. Alfred Mansour, pediatric orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute, and associate professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Dr. Mansour specializes in pediatric and adult hip preservation. Upon reviewing Jordan’s X-rays from before the fracture, it was revealed that Jordan had suffered a slight separation in her hip, making her more prone to a hip fracture in the event of trauma.

“In the event of prolonged hip pain, it’s important to see a specialist,” Dr. Mansour said. “There are things that may pop up in an X-ray that only a specialist will be able to identify. It’s vital to address hip-related conditions early so they don’t cause additional issues later in adulthood.”

Dr. Mansour gave two options for surgery, one of which was a more complex procedure that would be a long-term solution for Jordan.

“It meant sacrificing her whole summer,” Ryan said. “It was going to be a long recovery process where Jordan would be limited to her bed or to a wheelchair. That’s really tough on a 12-year-old.”

Jordan’s surgery with Dr. Mansour was a success, and according to her father, Jordan was a trooper for the duration of the summer.

“She did an amazing job of staying off the hip in order to let it properly heal,” Ryan said. “At times I could tell it was really weighing on her, but she wanted her hip to be the best that it could be.”

After a year of recovery and physical therapy, Jordan, who is now 13, was given the “all clear” in May 2019. She now gets to enjoy summer, the way other teenagers do.

“I can’t say enough how well the nurses and Dr. Mansour took great care of my daughter, from the moment we arrived until she was discharged,” Ryan said. “Ever since her experience at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Jordan has said she wants to be a nurse and work there one day with kids.”

For more information on pediatric hip-related conditions, click here. To book an appointment with Dr. Alfred Mansour, click here.

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