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Clubs and Organizations Rotary has a 'hip' member

For decades, the term �being hip� has meant being on the cutting edge of the latest trends.

Vermillion Rotarians learned that one of their members fits that definition, both literally and figuratively, at their Tuesday luncheon held at the Al Neuharth Media Center.

Rotarian Joe Edelen, who for several years has been bothered with a deteriorating hip, is a new man, thanks to a surgical procedure that is widely accepted around the globe but is rarely considered here in the United States.

Edelen, whose hip problems were first diagnosed in the summer of 2003, decided to seek another option rather than the customary hip replacement surgery suggested by his physician.

He decided to repair his painful joint with a hip resurfacing procedure. �The orthopods (orthopedic surgeons) pooh pooh resurfacing because it is not a standard in this country,� Edelen said.

With a typical hip replacement surgeon, the ball joint of the leg is severed and replaced with an artificial one, which requires a metal rod being inserted deep into the bone. The socket to the joint is also cleaned and replaced with a new, artificial socket.

With hip resurfacing, the hip joint is not severed. It is, instead, covered with an artificial cap that neatly fits into a new, matching joint in the hip.

�People who have hip resurfacing can go back to any activity they were involved in before their hip problems limited them from doing it� Edelen said. �Once you have a hip replacement, you can�t go back to doing many of those things.�

Edelen had to battle his health insurance provider to finally pay for the procedure here in the United States. The surgery was performed in Illinois, by one of only about 14 orthopedic surgeons who will do the resurfacing operation in this country. �Hip resurfacing is not allowed in the U.S. by the FDA except by FDA trial,� Edelen said. �Ironically, there are world-renowned surgeons performing this operation in places all over the world.�

Had he not received health insurance approval, Edelen said he was considering flying to India, where the operation is commonplace.

In three months, Edelen�s recovery from the surgery should be complete. �The real issue is the FDA,� he said. �This is not voodoo science.� Guests at Tuesday�s meeting were John Prescott, Larry Schou, Sarah Richardson and Ilmira Schorn.

WELCA members enjoy delicious desserts

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) from Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, enjoyed their annual Out-And-About Day on Thursday, Aug. 25. Women toured the Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center located at the intersection of Highways 3 and 75 in LeMars, IA. After viewing the History Room, the Production Theater, and the Computer Area, they visited the Gift Shop.

The Family Table restaurant on Hawkeye Avenue was the site for lunch, after which the group returned to the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor for delicious desserts. Quarterbacks to meet with Rotary The Vermillion Quarterback Club will have its first meeting of the season with the Vermillion Rotary Club at the Al Neuharth Media Center at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

USD and high school coaches will give reports. The catered meal is optional.

Senior Citizens Center weekly card party

On Aug. 24, there were 21 bridge and 28 pitch players. Winners at bridge were: first � Howard Melstad; second � Pat Berglund; third � Robin Eisenmenger; fourth � Sarah Brown and Meryl Reed; blind bogey � Adeline Isaacson; low � Lois Erickson.

No one shot the moon during the pitch games. Refreshments were furnished by Russ Heikes and Leona Kryger.

All seniors are invited to join the party every Wednesday.

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