Damage to the bones or tissues of the hip can make walking, gardening, playing sports or even sleeping, unbearable as a result of the pain. Fortunately, technological advances in joint surgeries have resulted in significant benefits for patients and their active lives. Our surgeons have devoted extensive training and research to evaluating and treating the hip joint and they always consider the most conservative, non-operative approaches to treating your pain, before surgery.

There are many types of hip conditions affecting people of varying lifestyles. Osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones, usually affects those over age 50, and can lead to hip fractures. For younger, more active people, hip pain comes from damaged cartilage, scar tissue, a labral tear or femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). Aging baby boomers and seniors are susceptible to osteoarthritis, also known as “wear and tear” in the hip joint, which causes cartilage loss. Many of the more severe cases of hip pain may not get better with non-surgical treatments (such as physical therapy) and these may require joint replacement surgery.

In the Arthritis and Fracture Care Center, Dr. Tim Bonatus Dr. Bourck Cashmore, and Dr. Brandon Clark, perform hip joint repair and replacement surgeries, including minimally invasive surgeries such as anterior hip replacement surgeries

Other sources of pain, such as labrum (cartilage) tears, articular cartilage or tissue damage around the joint may only need hip arthroscopy, a more conservative approach to treatment. This low-invasive surgical technique is considered advanced in the orthopaedic line of medicine and growing technologies. Hip arthroscopy involves a camera (endoscope) being inserted through tiny incisions at the hip, and surgical tools used to shave down rough areas, remove excess scar tissue, smooth and clean out the hip joint. Recovery is much faster and easier than traditional joint replacement surgery. NAO’s surgeon, Bourck Cashmore, M.D., is considered by many to be the expert leader in hip arthroscopic surgeries in Northern Arizona. You can find a video of this procedure below.

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