Orthopedic Hip Treatment & Surgery


If you have orthopedic hip pain, you’ve come to the right place. At Aurora Health Care, our hip orthopedic surgeons and physicians receive advanced training in the treatment of hip injuries and diseases, and are dedicated to helping you get back to the activities you enjoy as quickly as possible.

The most common types of hip surgery include hip arthroscopy, hip replacement, hip resurfacing and hip revision. If you need hip surgery, we’ll make sure you’re fully prepared, understand what to expect, and have the chance to get all your questions answered.

Before Surgery

Aurora Joint Academy – Preparing You for Surgery

We believe in supporting you through the entire process of surgery. Before your hip surgery, you’ll attend the Aurora Joint Academy. You’ll learn what to expect and can ask questions of our hip orthopedic surgeons – experienced specialists who are trained to perform hip revision surgery and other types of hip surgery.

Types of Hip Surgery

Hip arthroscopy surgery: Hip arthroscopy surgery is a minimally invasive procedure to treat certain types of hip pain. During a hip arthroscopy procedure, hip surgeons make small incisions near your hip and look inside your hip joint. They use tiny cameras and micro-instruments to find and repair damaged tissue. With hip arthroscopy, the surgeon can:

  • Remove bits of cartilage that are loose
  • Remove or repair tears in the hip cartilage
  • Treat hip joint impingement, a common cause of hip pain
  • Perform a biopsy
  • Treat synovitis (inflamed lining of the joint)

We can treat many of your hip conditions on an outpatient basis, so you can avoid a lengthy hospital stay. And since only small incisions are used in hip arthroscopy, the surgery is less traumatic than other procedures. This means faster recovery times and less scarring.

Hip replacement surgery: If pain or stiffness in your hip is making it difficult to walk, bend or lift a leg, hip replacement surgery may help you get back to enjoying normal everyday activities. At Aurora Health Care, we’re leaders in minimally invasive hip surgery, such as the direct anterior approach to hip replacement surgery. That means we access your hip from the anterior – or front – of your body, as opposed to the side or the back. Damaged or diseased bone is removed and replaced with an artificial ball-and-socket joint. Benefits include:

  • Faster recovery
  • Immediate movement
  • Light activities after three to six weeks

You might consider a conventional hip replacement procedure if you have a painful, disabling joint disease of the hip resulting from severe arthritis, or if you haven’t benefited from medication, therapy or other less invasive procedures. Hip replacement surgery is considered one of the most successful operations in modern medicine.

Hip resurfacing surgery: If you’re having hip pain but don’t want a hip replacement, you might want to consider hip resurfacing surgery. Hip resurfacing allows young, active patients with hip pain to avoid or postpone total hip replacement. Unlike total hip replacement surgery, in which the ball and socket of an arthritic or damaged hip is removed and replaced, hip resurfacing involves removing only damaged areas of the joint. Hip resurfacing surgery is generally less invasive than conventional hip replacement. 

Hip revision surgery: Sometimes artificial hip joints are damaged over time due to years of normal wear and tear. Hip revision surgery helps to correct the problem so the hip can function normally again. You may want to discuss hip revision surgery with your Aurora Health Care doctor if you notice:

  • Increased pain
  • Loss of mobility
  • Instability of the implant
In most cases, warning signs like increased pain and loss of mobility are early indications that hip revision surgery is necessary. Fortunately, many patients have less pain and better mobility after hip revision surgery.

After Surgery

After orthopedic hip surgery, your Aurora doctors and therapists will work closely with you to develop a personalized plan for your rehabilitation to help you restore function, reduce pain and get back to daily activities.

Recovery and rehabilitation times vary from person to person. In general, recovery times for these four types of orthopedic hip surgery fall within the following ranges:

Arthroscopic hip surgery recovery – Most patients walk with crutches for 1-2 weeks, complete 6 weeks of physical therapy, and are able to resume normal physical activity within 3-6 months.

Hip replacement surgery recovery – Many patients resume light activities within 3-6 weeks, and most regular activities within 6-8 weeks. Full strength and total recovery can usually be achieved in 6 to 12 months.

Hip resurfacing surgery recovery – Many patients are able to walk just 4 hours after having surgery. Normal activities can usually be resumed in just 2-3 weeks.

Hip revision surgery recovery – Following hip revision surgery, most patients are instructed to restrict the amount of weight placed on their hip for 6-8 weeks. Physical therapy is also commonly prescribed during this time, and may last for 2-4 months. Many patients also wear a hip abduction brace for several months following surgery.

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