People of all ages may need hip surgery, from athletes who sustain a hip injury to adults struggling with the daily pain of osteoarthritis. The highly skilled surgeons at Mid Atlantic Orthopedic Associates, LLP, are experts in many types of hip surgery, including minimally invasive hip arthroscopy and conventional open surgery. To learn if hip surgery may alleviate your pain, call the office in East Brunswick, New Jersey, today.
Your provider at Mid Atlantic Orthopedic Associates, LLP, begins your treatment with the most appropriate conservative therapies. Several hip conditions, however, are more likely to eventually need surgery:
Osteoarthritis develops over years of making the same movements. The repetitive stress gradually breaks down the cartilage that covers the ends of bones. As more of the cartilage wears away, the bones rub together, causing pain, stiffness, and gradually damaging the bone.
FAI occurs when extra bone grows on one or both bones that make up your hip joint. As a result, the bones take on an irregular shape that makes them rub against each other when you move.
The labrum, a piece of cartilage around the rim of the hip socket, stabilizes your joint and helps hold the ball of your leg bone in the hip’s socket. You can tear the labrum away from the bone during a traumatic injury or as a result of repetitive use.
Most hip fractures require immediate surgery to realign and stabilize the bones using pins and screws.
Mid Atlantic Orthopedic Associates, LLP, use different techniques during hip surgery. Here are a few examples:
Your surgeon treats advanced osteoarthritis with a total hip replacement. In earlier stages of arthritis, you may benefit from hip resurfacing to remove the damaged tissues and cover them with a metal shell.
Surgical repair for FAI includes trimming away or repairing the damaged labrum and shaving down the excessive bone.
Your surgeon may need to trim away severely damaged cartilage, but whenever possible, they reattach the labrum to the bone.
The specialists at Mid Atlantic Orthopedic Associates, LLP, often use arthroscopic surgery during hip resurfacing, FAI, and labral repairs. This is a minimally invasive technique in which your surgeon makes a few small incisions, then uses an arthroscope and other narrow surgical instruments that fit through the opening.
In some cases, you may need open surgery for any type of hip surgery, including the three mentioned above. The best technique depends on your diagnosis and general health.
If you have ongoing hip pain, call Mid Atlantic Orthopedic Associates, LLP.