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Jonathan Cluett, M.D.

New Alternatives to Hip Replacement

By October 17, 2007

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Hip replacement surgery is a common treatment used for severe hip arthritis. Patients should certainly try to alleviate their symptoms with simpler treatment methods, but when these are no longer effective, surgical treatment may become necessary.

The standard surgical treatment for hip arthritis is a hip replacement surgery. There have been some new advancements, and surgeons have been performing two procedures more often. These procedures may be an improvement on hip replacement, or they may prove to be not as good. The jury is still out.

  • Mini-Hip Replacement
    A new technique in orthopedics is called a mini-hip replacement. This procedure uses two small incisions, and x-ray to guide the prosthesis into proper position. Some surgeons feel the mini hip replacements are not as good as standard hip replacements.

  • Hip Resurfacing
    Hip resurfacing surgery is an alternative to standard hip replacements for patients with severe arthritis. In a hip resurfacing surgery, the implant is smaller, and less normal bone is removed. Hip resurfacing is gaining interest, especially in younger patients.

Related: Hip Replacement eCourse | Hip Arthritis

Comments
March 18, 2010 at 10:28 am
(1) rj herzog says:

what about steroid inj. or stem cell. doctor told me once that hip knee surgeries would be obsolete in a few yrs. because of injections. are there any studies that a person could get involved in. i have a hip injury. thanks.

April 26, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(2) carole kipfer says:

I have heard that gel injections are being used now as an alternative to knee replacement surgery…what about for the hip joint?

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