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Conditions of the hip that we treat include:
Hip Impingement (FAI)
Treatment options may include hip osteotomy, hip resurfacing, hip arthroscopy, and hip replacement as well as non-surgical treatments. If your hip pain is as a result of a sports related injury or trauma, call us now at 219-600-4MKO.
Specialized care for a complex condition
The hip is one of the largest joints in the human body and is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball is the femoral head, which is the upper end of the femur (thighbone). The socket is formed by the acetabulum, which is part of the large pelvis bone. Large ligaments (tough bands of tissues) connect the ball and the socket in order to stabilize the joint by preventing excessive movement.
Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), also known as hip impingement, is a structural disorder where the bones of the hip are abnormally shaped. Since they do not fit together perfectly, over time, the hip bones repetitively “bump” or rub against each other and cause damage to the joint, cartilage or the labrum. Femoroacetabular impingement occurs when the femoral head (ball) does not have its full range of motion within the acetabulum (socket).
Femoroacetabular impingement can occur in people of all ages, including adolescents and young adults.
There are three main types of femoroacetabular impingements:
Cam Impingement – In cam impingement, the femoral head is not perfectly round, therefore it cannot rotate smoothly within the acetabulum.
Pincer Impingement – In pincer impingement, extra bone extends out over the normal rim of the acetabulum, crushing the labrum.
Combined Impingement – In combined impingement, both cam and pincer impingement occur together.
In the early stages of hip impingement, there may be mild or no associated symptoms. Individuals who are experiencing femoroacetabular impingement may have the following symptoms:
Pain in the groin, hip, or lower back during rest and/or activity
Stiffness in the groin, hip, or thigh
Inability or difficulty flexing the hip beyond a right angle.
If symptoms worsen or do not improve with more conservative treatment such as medication, rest, and physical therapy, call us at 833-4MK-Ortho. A second opinion will help you rule out any other causes, avoid further damage and help you get the care you deserve.
Hip Arthroscopy & Reconstruction
Hip pain may disrupt your life in a number of ways, particularly if conservative treatment options do not provide adequate relief. If your orthopaedic surgeon has determined that hip surgery is the best course of treatment for your needs, hip replacement surgery is not the only option. Though hip replacement is effective for some patients, it is not appropriate for everyone. Hip arthroscopy and reconstruction can treat a broader range of conditions than total hip replacement, and it offers a minimally invasive approach that will facilitate a quicker recovery with more predictable outcomes. At MK Orthopedics, you will work with physicians specializing in a wide range of advanced surgical techniques—including arthroscopy—to provide the highest quality of care.
Hip arthroscopy is in part a diagnostic procedure, as it offers the surgeon a detailed look at the hip joint through a special camera fed through a small incision in the hip. The surgeon may then perform a number of various procedures to repair the hip joint and restore function. Unlike hip replacement surgery, reconstruction can provide a full return to normal activities, where hip replacement may limit physical activities and flexibility. Below, you can get a closer look at the process of arthroscopy and reconstruction to better prepare for your procedure.
Definitive diagnosis of hip problems – While MRIs and other diagnostic procedures can reveal the various types of damage, it may not always be clear what types of injuries have occurred in the hip joint or the extent to which damage is present. Arthroscopy will provide a definitive diagnosis to facilitate accurate treatment, thereby reducing the need for further surgeries and pain management treatment.
Repair of damaged tissues – Through arthroscopy, your surgeon may reconstruct the hip by smoothing or removing torn cartilage, trimming bone spurs, or removing inflamed tissue. These steps can elongate the life of the joint and spare you from hip replacement.
Who should consider this procedure?
Reconstructive surgery is often favored over hip replacement for younger patients, because this procedure can have longer-lasting results. Individuals with hip dysplasia, femoroacetabular impingement, or snapping hip syndromes may have the best outcomes from hip arthroscopy and reconstruction.
To learn more about the benefits of hip arthroscopy and reconstruction, contact MK Orthopedics to schedule a surgical consultation. If surgery is not right for you, our team can provide a range of non-invasive procedures to help you achieve a pain-free lifestyle. When surgery is right for your case, you can expect the most advanced care with state-of-the-art surgical techniques and dedicated rehabilitative physical therapy all in one place.
Minimally Invasive Direct Anterior
Hip Replacement Surgery
The aging process can have a significant impact on your bone and joint health, as degenerative conditions like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis set in. While these conditions are not inevitable with age, they are very common, and they can have the strongest impact on the hip joints. If you are coping with chronic hip pain due to arthritis or a poorly healed fracture, hip replacement surgery may help you restore your mobility and independence to ensure healthy years ahead. Hip replacement is never considered the first line of treatment for chronic hip pain, but it is a much more promising procedure with modern advances in minimally invasive surgery. At MK Orthopedics, we specialize in anterior hip replacement surgery in Crown Point, offering our patients an alternative to more invasive procedures that deliver comparable results.
How does anterior hip replacement surgery work?
Anterior hip replacement surgery is a tissue-sparing procedure, in which the surgeon accesses the hip joint from the front of the body, rather than the side or the back where more muscle tissue is present. With specialized surgical tools, the procedure can take place through a smaller incision site without the need to detach muscle tissues from the bones. This type of surgery has several advantages, and it is a viable procedure for many individuals who qualify for more conventional hip replacement.
What are the advantages of the anterior approach?
One of the most important considerations prior to hip replacement surgery is whether or not the patient is able to become active after surgery and participate in the rehabilitative process. With anterior hip replacement, it is much easier to transition into post-operative physical therapy, because the body has undergone less stress during surgery itself. There is a lower likelihood of joint dislocation, because the muscle tissue remains fully intact, and patients often report less pain following surgery than those who undergo other hip replacement procedures.
Minimally invasive surgery has revolutionized orthopedic care, because it allows more of the healthy tissue to remain untouched. This can also lower the cost of care, because patients can stay in the hospital for a shorter period of time, since the risk of surgical complications and infections is much lower. Patients may even see an accelerated recovery, because the body is more able to sustain full weight on the hip and remain more flexible following surgery. To fully explore the benefits of minimally invasive anterior hip replacement surgery, contact MK Orthopedics to schedule your surgical consultation. If surgery is not appropriate, our team can help you explore non-invasive solutions to restore your quality of life with healthier bones and joints.