Surgical and Nonsurgical Hip Procedures and Treatments

Nonsurgical Treatment

Many patients, depending on the severity and progression of the disease or injury can be treated without surgery. Typically, this is over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, supplements and physical therapy. Many patients have long term relief over the course of many years with these treatments.

Injections, such as steroids, botox and hyaluronic acid  can also be used to give, in some cases, long term temporary relief.

If the disease, usually arthritis, progresses to the point where day to day activities are greatly impacted by pain a walker, splints and other types of bracing can be used. Lifestyle changes such as diet and weight loss may also give considerable relief.

Non-Surgical Hip Procedures

  • Bracing
  • Evaluation of the hip
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy

Hip Procedures – Surgical Treatment

If pain and swelling worsens to the point of immobility then surgery may be recommended. Usually, the patient has considerable impact to their daya to day activities – this includes, walking, sitting and even sleeping.

Surgical options include:

Hip Arthroscopy

The word arthroscopy comes from two Greek words, “arthro” (joint) and “skopein” (to look). The term literally means “to look within the joint.” Arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive, out-patient surgical procedure that allows your surgeon to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint. Typically, this is because the hip has torn or loose pieces of cartilage or loose fragments of bone.

Arthroscopy is referred to as minimally-invasive because the orthopedic surgeon makes small incisions and inserts pencil-sized instruments. These instruments  contain a camera and lights that allow the structures of the inside the joint to be seen. This means that your surgeon can now assess, repair or correct your joint injury through small incisions versus large incisions of the past.

Hip Osteotomy

Osteotomy means “cutting of the bone.” The bone is reshaped to relieve pressure and help the bone to align properly. The typical result is a relief in pain, an increase in function, flexibility and mobility. Usually an osteotomy is performed on younger patients and may delay joint replacement for many years.

 

Hip Replacement

Hip replacement involves the removal of the injured or diseased hip joint and the insertion of a new joint.

There are numerous types of hip replacement surgeries:

Additional Surgical Hip Procedures

Adapted from AAOS

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