Hip

We treat a wide variety of hip conditions. If you are looking for a specific condition or procedure, please contact us so we can discuss all of your treatment options. We always attempt to use the most conservative treatments before considering surgery.
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What is Hip Arthroscopy?

A hip arthroscopy is a procedure used to examine, diagnose, and treat problems inside the hip joint. Your surgeon will insert a small camera into the hip joint to capture and display images that will be used to guide the procedure. The methods for hip arthroscopy are less involved than those required for standard, open surgery, and therefore result in reduced pain and a shorter recovery time period.

You might need Hip Arthroscopy if…

  • You experience persistent age and/or wear-and-tear-related hip damage
  • You have a painful condition that is unresponsive to nonsurgical treatment

What is Hip Arthritis?

Hip arthritis is the inflammation of your hip joint(s). The inflammation of a diseased hip commonly causes pain and stiffness in the affected area. The most common form of hip arthritis is osteoarthritis — ‘wear-and-tear’ that incrementally damages cartilage, often resulting in painful symptoms in people who are middle-aged. Inflammatory arthritis, on the other hand, affects people of all ages, and often emerges in early adulthood.

You might have Hip Arthritis if…

  • You have a dull, aching pain in the groin, outer thigh, knee, or buttocks
  • You have pain that worsens in the morning or after sitting or rest, and typically lessens with activity
  • You have pain and stiffness that increases with activity
  • You have intense pain in the hip joint that causes a limp or makes walking difficult

What is a Hip Fracture Repair?

A hip fracture involves a break in the top of the femur when the bone angles toward the hip joint. Hip fractures are especially common in older patients and those with osteoporosis. They are usually extremely painful and require surgical repair to relieve pain and restore proper functioning.

During hip fracture surgery, an incision is made over the affected area and the bones are aligned back in place. The bones are often held in place with metal pins, screws, rods or plates while they heal, which may or may not be removed later on. The incision is then closed with sutures or staples. This procedure usually takes two to four hours to perform.

What is Hip Replacement?

Hip Replacement is a procedure in which a doctor surgically removes a painful hip joint with arthritis and replaces it with an artificial joint often made from metal and plastic components. It usually is done when all other treatment options have failed to provide adequate pain relief. The procedure should relieve a painful hip joint, making walking easier.

You might need Hip Replacement if…

  • You suffer persistent hip pain
  • You have hip aches during and/or after exercise
  • You become significantly less mobile
  • Your medication and cane usage do not aren’t deliver relief of your symptoms
  • Your pain prevents you from sleeping
  • You experience hip swelling
  • Walking up or down stairs, getting in and out of chairs and bathtubs, etc. becomes increasingly difficult
  • You experience morning stiffness which can last for up to 30-45 minutes

What is Revision Hip Replacement?

Hip revision surgery is a procedure that repairs an artificial hip joint that has incurred damage from either an infection or the wear-and-tear that typically manifests in a prosthetic hip. Revision surgery is designed to correct the problems that affect such hips’ ability to function. Revision surgery might also be recommended if the tissue surrounding the patient’s joint develops an infection.

You might need Revision Hip Replacement if…

  • You experience a recurring dislocation of your hip replacement
  • Your hip replacement suffers mechanical failure
  • Your hip replacement suffers an infection

What is Hip Resurfacing?

Hip resurfacing is a procedure that may be recommended as an alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery for patients with advanced hip arthritis. Hip resurfacing does not remove the femoral head, but instead trims and caps it with a smooth metal covering. As in traditional hip replacement surgery, the patient’s affected bone and cartilage is also removed and replaced with a metal shell.

You might need Hip Resurfacing if…

  • You experience pain, stiffness, and/or joint deformity of the hip
  • You experience ‘start-up’ pain – specifically, a discomfort when standing after having been seated for an extended amount of time
  • You experience pain located in the groin, thigh, and/or buttocks, which can worsen with weight bearing (walking, standing, etc.) and/or twisting

What is a Labral Tear?

A labral tear affects the ring of cartilage, known as the labrum, located on the outside of your hip joint. Athletes are often at higher risk of developing a labral tear. This condition can also be caused by structural abnormalities of the hip.

You might have a Labral Tear if…

  • You hear locking, clicking or catching sounds from within your hip joint
  • You experience pain in your hip
  • You experience stiffness and/or limited range of motion in your hip

What is Femoroacetabular Impingement?

Femoroacetabular impingement is a condition that causes the bones of the hip to become abnormally shaped. When hip bones do not fit together, they rub against each other, causing damage to the joint.

You might have a Femoroacetabular Impingement if…

  • You have pain in the groin area or toward the outside of the hip
  • You experience sharp stabbing pain or a dull ache while turning, twisting, and/or squatting

What is Hip Decompression?

Hip decompression is an alternative procedure to hip replacement which involves drilling a small hole in the patient’s diseased hip bone. The procedure is designed to treat Osteonecrosis, a disease that, if untreated, can lead to the destruction of the affected joint.

You might need Hip Decompression if…

  • If there is an increase in pressure within the diseased bone
  • If increased pressure is accompanied by intolerable pain

Your symptoms exhibit early stages of the Osteonecrosis (Results after the patient’s joint has collapsed are generally less successful, even as pain is still relieved in some cases)

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