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2/18/10 4:28:35 PM -- Vail, CO, U.S.A. -- Orthopaedic surgeon Marc J. Philippon, M.D. performs a post-op follow up exam on Washington Nationals' pitcher Ross Detwiler at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Co. on Thursday February 18, 2010. Philippon is a partner at the Steadman Clinic and is one of the world's leading orthopaedic hip surgeons. Philippon is internationally known for performing joint preservation techniques utilizing arthroscopic hip surgery to treat painful joint injury in high-level athletes who constantly use powerful hip rotation, such as golfers, NFL players and NHL players. Experts on the field say the pursuit of cutting-edge treatments for injuries is common among Olympic and pro athletes, who make a living with their bodies and have plenty to lose by extended absences from the playing arena.In addition, researchers at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colo., have recently concluded a study on the effects of stem cells on cartilage regeneration. -- ...Photo by Marc Piscotty, Freelance.

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2/18/10 4:28:35 PM -- Vail, CO, U.S.A. -- Orthopaedic surgeon Marc J. Philippon, M.D. performs a post-op follow up exam on Washington Nationals' pitcher Ross Detwiler at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Co. on Thursday February 18, 2010. Philippon is a partner at the Steadman Clinic and is one of the world's leading orthopaedic hip surgeons. Philippon is internationally known for performing joint preservation techniques utilizing arthroscopic hip surgery to treat painful joint injury in high-level athletes who constantly use powerful hip rotation, such as golfers, NFL players and NHL players. Experts on the field say the pursuit of cutting-edge treatments for injuries is common among Olympic and pro athletes, who make a living with their bodies and have plenty to lose by extended absences from the playing arena.In addition, researchers at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colo., have recently concluded a study on the effects of stem cells on cartilage regeneration. -- ...Photo by Marc Piscotty, Freelance.