Hip Preservation May Be an Excellent Treatment Option
Hip replacement implants and surgical techniques have improved dramatically in recent years.
But if you’re a teenager or adult under the age of 50, you may have a better option: hip preservation.
Receive Care from Orthopaedists Who Specialize in Hip Preservation
At the Adolescent and Young Adult Hip Program at Floating Hospital for Children, our approach to your care focuses on preserving your natural hip joint. Program Director Purushottam Gholve, MD, MBMS, MRCS has treated thousands of people with complicated hip disorders and practiced at leading orthopaedic programs in the United States, United Kingdom and India. A prolific clinical researcher, he has written dozens of articles for prestigious publications, including the British Medical Journal and the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.
Dr. Gholve is joined by Stuart V. Braun, MD, Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics, who has cared for patients with hip disorders, sports injuries, neuromuscular disorders and spinal deformities since 2004. Dr. Braun is inspired by helping children enjoy active and rewarding lives. At Floating Hospital for Children, he has won each of the following awards twice: the “Patients Choice Award” and the “Compassionate Doctor Award.”
Dr. Gholve or Dr. Braun will manage your care when you come to our program. And if surgery is recommended, one of these attending (supervising) physicians will perform your procedure.
Why Is Preserving Your Hip Important When You’re Young?
As a young adult, you probably look forward to climbing stairs at school without pain or returning to your sports team or job. Although today’s hip implants are very durable, they can exclude you from many high-impact activities. And because implants last about 15 years, the longer you keep your natural hip, the fewer replacement surgeries you’ll need over your lifetime.
Hip Preservation Can Help with Many Hip Disorders
Our orthopaedic specialists focus on hip preservation to treat problems caused by congenital disorders (those you’re born with), work and sport injuries and other factors, such as excess body weight.
The most common hip conditions we treat are:
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
- Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)
- Avascular necrosis
- Perthes disease, slipped capital epiphysis and other pediatric hip disorders
- Early onset of arthritis
How we treat you depends on your particular goals and overall health, but typically we explore conservative, non-surgical treatment before we consider surgery.
Learn more about FAI, DDH, Perthes disease, slipped capital epiphysis, juvenile arthritis and other hip conditions from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
You Can Count on Our Hip Specialists Throughout Your Life
Another advantage of our program is that we draw from the advanced resources of both Floating Hospital for Children and Tufts Medical Center, two of Boston’s finest medical centers in pediatric and adult care, respectively. This means a seamless transition in your treatment as you grow older, a major benefit if you have a chronic hip problem. Our entire team will get to know you and your medical history well, the most important factor in providing you with continuous, personalized care.