Our hip joint is an integral part of the way we walk, run, play sports, work, sit and stand. When hip pain sets you back, we at Allied Bone and Joint want to restore your life in motion. Some hip problems can be managed without surgery while others require surgical intervention. Many problems can be treated with minimally invasive techniques like arthroscopy, which uses extremely small incisions and microscopic cameras and instruments. Unfortunately, some problems are too severe for arthroscopy, such as advanced arthritis, and in those cases joint replacement surgery is the only option.
Issues that can be addressed arthroscopically include labral tears, synovitis, bursitis, tedonitis, and impingement. Often, a diagnosis is aided by advanced imaging, such as MRI. Arthroscopic surgery is done on an outpatient basis, and the patients go home within hours of arrival. Our surgeons in both locations perform these surgeries.
Hip Joint Replacement/Reconstruction
A total joint replacement is reserved for severe pain from osteoarthritis (wear and tear), rheumatoid type arthritis (severe inflammation), and osteonecrosis (bone death). There are two ways to approach the hip, some tried and true, and other newer techniques that avoid cutting muscle and tendon, ensuring you the patient, the best result.
The Anterior Approach differs in multiple ways from other surgerical techniques and is done by both surgeons at both locations:
- The hip is exposed in a way that does not detach muscles or tendons from the bone
- Intraoperative x-ray or computer navigation is typically used to confirm implant position and leg length
- Larger, heavier patients—may be candidates for minimally invasive hip surgery with this technique
- The Anterior Approach enters the body closer to the hip joint, with far less tissue between the skin and the bones of the hip, so more patients may be candidates
The Posterior Approach is typically done on larger patients and for revision surgery.
As the active “Baby Boomer” generation ages, joint replacements are becoming much more common. These surgeries enable people to shed their disability and dysfunction in favor of life in motion. Also, today’s technology has resulted in superior and more wear-resistant materials such as advanced metal alloys, and highly-resilient plastic and ceramics which gives the doctors added confidence in offering such surgeries to an increasingly younger population.
Our orthopedic surgeons keeps abreast of all the latest trends, techniques and advances in joint replacement surgery. You can be assured that they are up to date, and keen on being sure that the treatment you are offered meets the highest standards of evidence-based best practices. We are dedicated to the best possible outcome with the highest possible patient satisfaction.