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Orthopedic Specialists for Hip Pain

The hip is a “ball-and-socket” joint where the “ball” at the top of the thigh bone (femur) fits inside the “socket” of the pelvis (acetabulum). A natural substance in the body called cartilage lubricates the joint. When the bone and/or cartilage of the hip becomes diseased or damaged, the joint can stiffen and be very painful.

Hip injuries can quickly become debilitating, not just during sports, but during your daily life. As the top hip replacement surgeons in New Orleans, Jefferson Orthopedic Clinic, our team has been providing treatment for conditions of the hip for 41 years and counting. With same-day appointments and a commitment to compassionate care, the hip specialists at Jefferson Orthopedic can help you find relief.

If you’re looking for expert treatment from the best hip orthopedists in your area, you’ve found the right place. To schedule your first appointment, call 504-349-6804 or use our online scheduling tool below.

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Hip Pain Treatments & Hip Replacement Surgery

At Jefferson Orthopedic Clinic, our board-certified orthopedists specialize in the treatment of hip conditions and injuries. Our minimally-invasive, individualized techniques allow patients to regain their mobility, find relief from pain, and ultimately return to peak performance so they can participate in life.

Some of the most common services we provide and conditions we treat include:

  • Total Hip Replacement: Hip replacement surgery is usually a last resort treatment for patients with severe hip pain whose daily lives are affected by the pain, including those with arthritis, fractures, bone death or other conditions. In this procedure, the diseased bone and cartilage are replaced by a total hip replacement specialist with a metal ball and plastic cup.
    • The artificial joint, called a prosthesis, may be cemented in place, maybe cementless, or maybe a hybrid of both. The prosthetic devices provide pain relief and restored function for 25 years or longer in most cases.
  • Hip Fracture: A hip fracture involves a break in the top of the femur when the bone angles toward the hip joint. Hip fractures are especially common in older patients and those with osteoporosis. They are usually extremely painful and require surgical repair to relieve pain and restore proper functioning.
    • During hip fracture surgery, an incision is made over the affected area and the bones are aligned back in place. The bones are often held in place with metal pins, screws, rods or plates while they heal, which may or may not be removed later on. The incision is then closed with sutures or staples. This procedure usually takes two to four hours to perform.
  • Hip Bursitis: Bursitis is the painful swelling of the bursae, fluid-filled sacs on the cushion areas where tendons and muscles slide across bone. Specific to the hip is trochanteric bursitis (also known as greater trochanteric pain syndrome or GTPS), which refers to the bursa by the head of the femur. This shock absorbing sac can become agitated and swollen for unknown reasons or as a symptom of other issues such as gluteal tendon infections, uneven leg length or Iliotibial Band Syndrome.
    • Steps can be taken to prevent bursitis by strengthening the core and hips through a moderate training program. Orthotic inserts for people with flat feet can also help. In serious cases, surgical removal of the bursa (bursectomy) may become necessary.
  • Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Hip: Avascular Necrosis (AVN) is a disease resulting from the temporary or permanent loss of blood flow to the bone. This can lead to the destruction of the bone and severe reduction in functionality of the joint.
    • AVN is especially common in the hip and can be treated using total hip replacement, metal on metal resurfacing, core decompression, or free vascular fibular graft.
  • Osteoarthritis (OA) of the Hip: Osteoarthritis (OA), or “wear and tear” arthritis, is a degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage cushioning the joint slowly wears away. The bone ends then rub together whenever the joint moves, and the fluid-filled capsule enclosing the joint (the synovium) becomes inflamed. The bone ends may thicken to compensate for the increased friction, and bone spurs may form at the edges of the joint. At first, discomfort and stiffness are mild and can be relieved with rest. Then, as OA progresses, the joint becomes increasingly stiff and inflamed, difficult to move, and very painful even when at rest.
    • OA frequently affects weight-bearing joints such as the hips, knees and spine. Although it can occur to anyone at any age, OA most often affects the elderly, particularly women. Risk factors include obesity, a family history of the disease, previous injury or infection in the joint, and an injury that puts increased pressure on the joint.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will all hip conditions require surgery for effective treatment?

While many hip conditions can be treated through conservative methods, surgery is often needed because of the excessive weight placed on the joint while walking, standing and performing other regular activities. 

Jefferson Orthopedic Clinic feels strongly about offering cutting-edge, minimally-invasive surgical procedures, which is why our team includes orthopedic specialists on hip arthroscopy. During an arthroscopic procedure, small incisions will be made to insert a camera into your affected area, allowing your surgeon to perform the procedure without opening the entire hip.

How can I find short-term relief for hip pain?

While many hip ailments will require surgery, you can alleviate your symptoms at home by resting the area, taking over-the-counter NSAIDs to reduce swelling, and engaging in physical therapy.

How do I know which procedure will help me find relief?

Your doctor will decide which procedure is best for you based on a thorough evaluation of your condition and medical history. It is important to discuss the details of your procedure with your doctor in order to achieve the best results.

How can I get started with the best hip replacement surgeons near me?

The team at Jefferson Orthopedic Clinic wants to make it as easy as possible for patients to get the top-quality care they need. Just schedule your appointment using our online tool. If you’re more comfortable talking to our friendly, knowledgeable staff, give us a call at 504-349-6804.