Hip Arthroscopy May Delay or Prevent Need For Total Hip Replacement

Hip arthroscopy is beneficial to younger patients who have pain associated with hip joint motion and do not yet have advanced arthritis of the hip joint. The goal is to help take away pain and limited motion by removing the abnormal bone and repairing any associated labral tears or addressing any associated cartilage injuries at the time of surgery. The hope is this can delay or prevent the need for later total hip replacement.

Dr. Kyle Siewert is our specialist in hip arthroscopy. He has received advanced training in hip arthroscopy and Henry Community Health is one of the select centers in the State of Indiana offering this procedure.

Hip Replacement

Hip pain that interferes with your daily activities should be evaluated to see if hip replacement surgery would reduce your pain and help you enjoy life again. Arthritis is the most common reason for damaged hips and hip pain although fractures and other conditions also may cause the hip joint to deteriorate. Age should not be a factor in asking for help about your hip pain as hip replacement surgery is performed on people of all ages.

You Should Consider Hip Replacement Surgery If:

  • Hip pain limits everyday activities, such as walking or bending.
  • Hip pain continues while resting, either day or night.
  • Stiffness in a hip limits your ability to move or lift the leg.
  • You have Inadequate pain relief from anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, or walking supports.

Our orthopedic surgeons are skilled in hip replacement surgery. During your initial appointment they will evaluate your condition and discuss how hip replacement surgery or other treatment options such as medication or physical therapy might benefit you. For younger patients hip arthroscopy might be recommended which may delay or prevent the need for total hip replacement.

Realistic activities following total hip replacement include unlimited walking, swimming, golf, driving, hiking, biking, dancing, and other low-impact sports.

Hip Fractures

Hip fractures usually are caused by falls which are responsible for 90% of all hip fractures. Women are at more risk than men for hip fractures due to bones weakening with age and osteoporosis.

Surgery is almost always required. The type of operation you have is usually dependent on where the break occurred, the strength of your bones and blood supply to the thigh bone.

Internal Fixation

Hip-fracture patients with strong bones and a normal supply of blood to the thighbone are good candidates for a repair called internal fixation. In this surgery, the broken ends of the bones are lined up and fastened into place with metal devices. By realigning the broken pieces of thighbone, the fracture heals faster than it would on its own.

Total or Partial Hip Replacement

Fractures close to the joint usually can be treated with a partial hip replacement. Total hip replacement is rarely required unless the hip socket is damaged as well.