Orthopedic Services

Hip Surgery

Help for Hip Pain

Hip pain is a common problem that can be cause by a variety of issues including arthritis, tendonitis, muscle strain, or hip fractures. Torrance Memorial offers the full spectrum of treatments for painful hips, from physical therapy to advance surgical options. Our specialized surgeons, all board certified surgeons, are expert in assessing the cause and providing innovative treatment solutions for painful hip problems.

Diseases of the Hip

Osteoarthritis ("Wear-and-Tear Arthritis)

The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Often referred to as "wear-and-tear" arthritis, the result is erosion of the normal smooth cartilage exposing bare bone that causes severe pain.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a different condition from osteoarthritis. Though the symptoms are similar (joint pain, stiffness and swelling) it is a chronic inflammatory disease that is not caused by overuse. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis experience uncomfortable and sometimes very rapid weakening of multiple joints, resulting in severe pain and loss of function.

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

This is a genetic condition that causes dislocation of the hip joint.

Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)

Caused by poor blood supply to a particular body part, this problem leads to bone death.

Hip Procedures

Total Hip Replacement

Hip replacement, a common and highly successful procedure, typically is performed when patients experience hip pain that interferes with their ability to enjoy normal activities and can no longer be controlled with non-operative treatments.

Anterior (Front) Hip Replacement Approach

This form of hip replacement describes the surgical approach that accesses a patient's hip from the front of the body. With an anterior approach, the surgeon is able to operate in the natural opening between muscles with detaching them from the pelvis or femur. The gluteal muscles are left undisturbed and, therefore, do not require recovery time from surgical trauma.

Lateral Approach (Side) Hip Replacement Approach

Another common approach to hip replacement, the lateral approach accesses the joint from the side. The hip abductor muscles are detached and re-attached, a technique that decreases the likelihood of f hip dislocation and diminishes the risk of injury to the sciatic nerve.

Birmingham Hip Resurfacing

Torrance Memorial is proud to be among the few area hospitals to offer patients the sophisticated and comprehensive Birmingham hip-resurfacing approach, which can be ideal for patients under age 65 with active lifestyles. This technique shaves and caps a few millimeters of bone within the joint rather than total replacement, an innovative approach that relieves pain and allows patients a faster return to their normal activities. Torrance Memorial delivers state-of-the-art preoperative, surgical and post-operative care for the Birmingham approach that is based on the proven European hip resurfacing model.

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Jennifer Ryan

Anterior Hip Replacement