Hip


Artificial Joint Replacement of the Hip, Anterior Approach

A Patient’s Guide to Artificial Joint Replacement of the Hip, Anterior Approach Introduction A hip that is painful as a result of osteoarthritis (OA) can severely affect your ability to lead a full, active life. Over the last 25 years, major advancements in hip replacement have improved the outcome of […]


Hip Arthroscopy

A Patient’s Guide to Hip Arthroscopy Introduction A hip arthroscopy is a procedure where a small video camera attached to a fiberoptic lens is inserted into the hip joint to allow a surgeon to see without making a large incision. Arthroscopy is now used to evaluate and treat orthopedic problems […]


Femoroacetabular Impingement

A Patient’s Guide to Femoroacetabular Impingement of the Hip Introduction Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) occurs in the hip joint. Impingement refers to some portion of the soft tissue around the hip socket getting pinched or compressed. Femoroacetabular tells us the impingement is occurring where the femur (thigh bone) meets the acetabulum […]


Labral Tears of the Hip

A Patient’s Guide to Labral Tears of the Hip Introduction Acetabular labrum tears (labral tears) can cause pain, stiffness, and other disabling symptoms of the hip joint. The pain can occur if the labrum is torn, frayed, or damaged. Active adults between the ages of 20 and 40 are affected […]


Hip Resurfacing Arthroplasty

A Patient’s Guide to Hip Resurfacing Arthroplasty Introduction A hip that is painful as a result of osteoarthritis (OA) can severely affect your ability to lead a full, active life. Over the last 25 years, major advancements in hip replacement have greatly improved the outcome of the surgery. Hip resurfacing […]


Hip Anatomy

A Patient’s Guide to Hip Anatomy Introduction The hip joint is a true ball-and-socket joint. This arrangement gives the hip a large amount of motion needed for daily activities like walking, squatting, and stair-climbing. Understanding how the different layers of the hip are built and connected can help you understand […]


Avascular Necrosis of the Hip

A Patient’s Guide to Avascular Necrosis of the Hip Introduction Bones are living tissue, and like all living tissue they rely on blood vessels to bring blood to keep them alive. Most living tissues have blood vessels that come from many directions into the tissue. If one blood vessel is […]


Trochanteric Bursitis of the Hip

A Patient’s Guide to Trochanteric Bursitis of the Hip Introduction A common spot for bursitis is on the side of the hip. Here a large tendon passes over the bony bump on the side of the hip. The bony bump is called the greater trochanter. Inflammation in the bursa between […]


Stress Fracture of the Hip

A Patient’s Guide to Stress Fracture of the Hip Introduction Stress fractures of the hip once most commonly affected military personnel who marched and ran day after day. Today, stress fractures of the hip are more common in athletes, especially distance runners. There are two types of stress fractures. Insufficiency […]


Trochanteric Bursitis Surgery

A Patient’s Guide to Trochanteric Bursitis Surgery Introduction The bump of bone on the outside of the hip bone is called the greater trochanter. A fluid-filled sac, called a bursa, lies next to the greater trochanter. When the bursa in this area becomes thickened and inflamed, surgery may be needed […]


Compression Fixation for a Fractured Hip

A Patient’s Guide to Compression Fixation for a Fractured Hip Introduction A fractured hip can be a life-threatening problem. The hip fracture itself isn’t usually a difficult problem to treat with surgery. But once the fracture occurs, it brings with it all the potential medical complications that can arise when […]


Hip Fractures

A Patient’s Guide to Hip Fractures Introduction As the population ages, the number of hip fractures that occur each year rises. A fracture of the hip in an aging adult is not simply a broken bone. It is a life-threatening illness. The hip fracture itself is rarely a difficult problem […]


Hip Fracture Surgery Rehabilitation

A Patient’s Guide to Rehabilitation Following Hip Fracture Surgery Introduction A hip fracture can present complications due to being immobilized. The goal of rehabilitation after hip fracture surgery is to help you begin moving as quickly as possible to avoid the serious complications that can happen with being immobilized in […]


Hemiarthroplasty of the Hip

A Patient’s Guide to Hemiarthroplasty of the Hip Introduction A hemiarthroplasty is an operation that is used most commonly to treat a fractured hip. The operation is similar to a total hip replacement, but it involves only half of the hip. (Hemi means half, and arthroplasty means joint replacement.) The […]


Hip Arthritis

A Patient’s Guide to Osteoarthritis of the Hip Introduction Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common problem for many people after middle age. OA is sometimes referred to as degenerative, or wear-and-tear, arthritis. OA commonly affects the hip joint. In the past, little was done for the condition. Now doctors have many […]


Hip Pinning Surgery for a Fractured Hip

A Patient’s Guide to Hip Pinning Surgery for a Fractured Hip Introduction A fractured hip can be a life-threatening problem. The hip fracture isn’t usually a difficult problem to treat with surgery. But once the fracture occurs, it brings with it all the potential medical complications that can arise when […]


Revision Arthroplasty of the Hip

A Patient’s Guide to Revision Arthroplasty of the Hip Introduction Over the past 30 years, artificial hip replacements have become increasingly common. Millions of people have gotten a new hip joint. The first time a joint is replaced with an artificial joint, the operation is called a primary joint replacement. […]


Hip Replacement

A Patient’s Guide to Artificial Joint Replacement of the Hip Introduction A hip that is painful as a result of osteoarthritis (OA) can severely affect your ability to lead a full, active life. Over the last 25 years, major advancements in hip replacement have improved the outcome of the surgery […]


Artificial Hip Dislocation Precautions

A Patient’s Guide to Artificial Hip Dislocation Precautions Introduction Hip surgeries such as total joint replacement and hemiarthroplasty require the surgeon to open the hip joint capsule. This puts the hip at risk of dislocating after surgery. Patients follow special precautions after surgery about which hip positions and movements need […]