Hip Preservation May be Great Option for Younger People
One of the most exciting advances to improve longevity of joints is hip
preservation. Hip preservation can delay or even help avoid hip replacement,
as well as the onset of early arthritis.
“There have been tremendous strides in the treatment of hip and this
has an impact on young and older people—especially in the field
of sports medicine,” said
Dr. Harish Hosalkar, an orthopedist at Paradise Valley Hospital and a pioneer in this field.
“These procedures allow people to return to jobs and athletes to
return to their sport.
Over the last decade, hip structure and mechanics are being better understood,
allowing specialists to identify hip problems, including hip impingement
or femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). With a better ability to relieve
misdiagnosed hip pain, improved diagnostic imaging techniques and minimally
invasive surgical treatments are giving many patients new hope.
“The development of highly specialized procedures over the last few
years, including re-shaping, de-impingement, labral and cartilage repair,
has created new options for patients with hip pain, FAI, injuries and
early arthritis,” Dr. Hosalkar said. “Hip specialists are
now able to slow or reverse the progression of degenerative hip disease,
get patients back to their chosen activities and, in some cases, reduce
the need for more surgery.”
Hip arthroscopy, a minimally invasive treatment option, allows orthopedists
to trim bone, reshape the femoral head or trim the socket using a burr
or spinning drill. Previously, surgeons only had the option of large incisions,
but with arthroscopic assistance things have changed now.
Dr. Hosalkar specializes in hip preservation surgery, hip joint reconstruction
and replacement surgery, deformity correction, limb-lengthening, traumatic
brain injury/stroke and spasticity, bone tumors, children’s orthopedic
surgery, and fracture care. Paradise Valley Hospital’s Hip Preservation
Program offers diagnosis, non-surgical treatment options and minimally
invasive techniques to treat hip conditions when possible with hip preservation.
Other procedures to restore cartilage also are offered.
For more information, call (844) PVH-CALL (844-784-2255) or