Marie Christine Genero, 32, Montreal, Traveled to the U.S. for Treatment of Complex Hip Condition

Meet Marie Christine Genero, 32, of Montreal, whose frustrations over the amount of time she waited for treatment by an orthopedic surgeon in Canada, and then the poor results after surgery, resulted in her spearheading a social media campaign to provide information for other hip patients.  After waiting a year to see a doctor, her physician diagnosed her with a labral tear of the hip and performed surgery, which left the competitive athlete and photographer in just as much pain as before.  Her condition wasn’t just a labral tear.

She posted her frustrations on social media and members of an online support group suggested she might have femoral acetabular impingement (FAI).  This condition occurs when the head of the femur does not have full range of motion within the socket (typically because it is misshapen).  This results in the hip joint rubbing together abnormally. As a result of her frustrations, she went online to find out more. Other patients remarked that she might have FAI – which led her to a physician in Chicago who was one of the best in the U.S. for treating FAI. 

That doctor is hip surgeon Dr. Shane Nho , a Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip arthroscopy. Dr. Nho performs about 600 arthroscopic procedures for FAI each year.  Over the past few years, he has seen an influx of hip patients from Canada.  As a result of the needs for Canadians to get subspecialty orthopedic care, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago is now offering a reasonable cash pay option for Canadian patients with FAI and other orthopedic conditions who need specialized surgery or revisions.

As for Marie Christine, she had a second surgery from Dr. Nho and is now out of pain and finally beginning to enjoy an active life again – and happy she crossed the border for medical care. As a result, she has become an advocate for patients suffering from FAI who are not getting the proper care they deserve. She is consistently posting about the subject and is an online FAI support group leader and a blogger.

Marie Christine’s situation is not unusual. Recent statistics show that medical wait times are getting longer in most provinces. It can be up to three years to get surgery for complex problems.  Increasingly, Canadian patients with hip conditions and other significant orthopedic conditions are seeking help from subspecialty physicians in the U.S.

If you are interested in talking to Marie Christine, I’d be happy to make connections for you.