Specialties

  • Hip

  • Our board certified physicians specialize in hip arthroscopy, hip replacement surgery with minimally invasive techniques and the revision of previously placed implants.

     

  • Hip arthroscopy is a surgery that is done by making small cuts around the hip and using a tiny camera (arthroscope) to look inside.


    Hip arthroscopy in Colorado at Littleton Adventist Hospital.A hip arthroscopy is typically done to:

    Remove small pieces of bone or cartilage that may be floating around inside your hip joint causing pain

    Repair a torn labrum (a tear in the cartilage that is attached to the rim of your hip socket bone)

    Resolve symptoms of hip impingement syndrome

    Investigate hip pain that does not go away

    A full recovery will depend on what type of problem the surgery was needed for. In some cases, a hip arthroscopy is necessary to treat arthritis in the knee.

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    The older we get, the more prone we become to fracturing a hip, either from a fall or, if our bones have thinned a significant amount, twisting incorrectly.


    Orthopedic Health Tips at Littleton Adventist Hospital
    • Sports injuries, car accidents or bike accidents account for the majority of hip fractures in younger patients.
    • Falls are the No. 1 reason for hip fractures in elderly patients; however, often the hip fracture actually occurs first and causes the fall rather than the other way around.
    • The inability to walk or put weight on a leg is a good indicator of a hip fracture. Surgery followed by physical therapy is typically the only treatment for a hip fracture.

    Hip impingement is a condition where pain in the hip is caused by the hip ball and socket rubbing together.


    Patients do not have much hip pain in the earlier stages of hip impingement but the condition can become increasingly painful without treatment. Hip impingement can often become osteoarthritis if it is not treated.

    Pre-operative joint class in Colorado at Littleton Adventist Hospital.Forms of treatment can include:
    • Pain relief medication
    • Physical therapy
    • Arthroscopic surgery
    • Hip replacement surgery

    A hip resurfacing procedure can be an alternative to total hip replacement. In some cases, younger people do better with a hip resurfacing procedure because their bones are not as brittle or worn.


    Hip resurfacing procedure in Colorado at Littleton Adventist Hospital.Hip resurfacing is actually a more complex surgery than hip replacement and requires a longer incision to accommodate the placement of a larger "ball" portion of the joint to prevent future dislocation of the hip. It is believed that this procedure can prevent pain and postpone a total hip replacement by approximately eight years. Total hip replacement is an option following this surgery as sufficient bone is left in place.

    Known as the "wear and tear" arthritis, it is the most chronic form of arthritis affecting 33 million Americans.


    Pre-operative joint class in Colorado at Littleton Adventist Hospital.Older patients are the most susceptible to osteoarthritis as the cartilage begins to break down and wear thin. Other factors that may lead to the premature thinning of cartilage include obesity, overuse of the hip from sports or other strenuous activities, or an injury that has damaged the cartilage. Osteoarthritis does not cause fatigue or tiredness as many other types of arthritis do. Joint pain is often the only symptom. Osteoarthritis can coexist with other forms of arthritis.

    Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body's immune system attacks joints and other tissues.


    Rheumatoid arthritis in Colorado at Littleton Adventist Hospital.While the exact causes of rheumatoid arthritis are unkown, it can be triggered by factors that include genetics, viral infection or hormonal changes.

    Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:

    • Swelling and pain
    • Fluid buildup
    • Flu-like symptoms


    Rheumatoid arthritis can be diagnosed through blood and imaging tests. Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis includes pain medications and lifestyle changes. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to help relieve joint pain, correct deformities and improve joint function.

    Total hip replacement surgery is a surgical procedure to replace all or part of the hip with an artificial (prosthetic) joint.


    Pre-operative joint class in Colorado at Littleton Adventist Hospital.The prosthetic joint will be made out of metal, ceramic and plastic and are designed to resist corrosion, degradation and wear.

    A total hip replacement procedure is performed to treat the following hip problems:

    • Severe arthritis pain
    • Lack of sleep with hip pain
    • Hip pain has not gotten better with other forms of treatment
    • Hip pain limits the patient's mobility and ability to perform normal activities


    Hip replacement procedures usually result in a positive outcome. The procedure typically relieves pain and stiffness. Click here for more information regarding a total hip replacement.

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