Leading-edge treatments for hip pain
Whether caused by a traumatic injury or life’s wear and tear, hip pain can make regular activities difficult. At Centura Orthopedics & Spine, we begin your comprehensive treatment by evaluating the source of your pain to determine the best course of treatment for you. Whenever possible, our orthopedic doctors will begin treatment with non-surgical therapies, including pain medications, hip injections, and physical therapy.
When surgery is necessary, our orthopedic physicians offer a range of innovative surgical options, including:
Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery
Centura Orthopedics & Spine was one of the first orthopedic practices in the country to offer hip replacement surgery using the direct anterior approach, which features smaller incisions and generally affords patients a faster discharge from the hospital and a quicker recovery time. Anterior hip surgery is performed through a 3- to 5-inch incision in the front of the hip rather than the more traditional surgery through the back of the hip. The surgeon is able to access the joint between muscles instead of making incisions through the gluteal muscles, which is necessary with the traditional posterior approach. This means patients have less pain and fewer restrictions after surgery.
With the anterior approach to hip replacement surgery, many patients are able to leave the hospital the same day of their surgery. After about three months of recovery, hip replacement patients can return to fully active lives.
Accelerated Recovery Program for Hip Surgery
Our orthopedic physicians in Colorado Springs have teamed with Penrose Hospital to develop a hip replacement program that gets patients home faster, with less pain. The program is called Accelerated Recovery. Through this program, our Colorado Springs hip replacement surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques, and apply regional blocks instead of general anesthesia. Regional blocks around the joint allow for pain-free surgery without the risks or lingering effects of general anesthesia. Patients in the program start walking and participating in physical therapy the day of surgery, and most go home the day of surgery or the day after.
Benefits of Accelerated Recovery include less pain, swelling, and blood loss; a shorter hospital stay; fewer problems such as blood clots and infections; and a faster return to normal activities.
Hip Joint Resurfacing
In this procedure, rather than replacing the entire hip joint, our orthopedic doctors replace the hip socket with a metal cup, and then reshape the damaged hip ball and cap it with a metal, dome-shaped prosthesis. This procedure benefits younger patients with hip degeneration who want to continue working at physically demanding jobs, or participating in activities that require flexibility.
We also offer specialized services for hip pain and hip injuries resulting from participating in sports or activities. Our sports medicine experts can provide non-surgical treatments as well as surgery for conditions including ligament tears, muscle strains including proximal hip and quadriceps strains, iliotibial (IT) band syndrome, and labral cartilage tears. Often, a joint or the surrounding structure will be compromised after a sports injury, so our orthopedic doctors also focus on rebuilding strength to prevent future injury.
Meet our hip experts:
Hip specialists at our south Denver area locations include:
Lionel Gottschalk, MD
Derek Johnson, MD
Steven Kitchen, MD
Edward Szuszczewicz, MD
Hip specialists at our Colorado Springs locations include:
Steven Myers, MD
Michael Schuck, MD