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Hip preservation

Hip preservation surgery is used to relieve hip pain by reshaping the natural joint or by repairing or replacing damaged tissues. These procedures can be used instead of total hip replacements, offering another solution for hip dysplasia or arthritis.

Hip preservation specialists in Asheville, North Carolina

We want to help you regain the balance and support you need to fully live your life.

At Mission Hospital, we know that stability in your body contributes to stability in your life. Hip conditions can hinder everyday wellness, so our surgeons use hip preservation procedures to relieve pain and restore function.

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Conditions treated with hip preservation procedures

Our committed doctors and surgeons have extensive experience treating a variety of conditions that can benefit from hip preservation surgery, including:

  • Bursitis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hip impingement
  • Labral tears
  • Tendon and ligament injuries

Hip preservation services we offer

Ensuring your continued mobility and improved quality of life are our top priorities.

Minimally invasive hip preservation surgery

Although we always prioritize nonsurgical treatments, they are not always sufficient. If physical therapy, pain medications and joint injections fail to correct problematic symptoms, such as pain, snapping or popping in your hip, we may recommend surgery. In this area, our primary focus is minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, which affords you less scarring, a faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay.

Our hospital houses the only surgeons in the Asheville, Franklin and Marion communities who regularly perform arthroscopic hip surgery. With this minimally invasive approach, our surgeons are able to visualize your hip joint and repair it without having to expose it. They can also reshape or reconstruct the socket portion of your hip, moving the bone into better alignment, without replacing the joint.

Hip replacement surgery

We perform more total hip replacement surgeries than any other hospital in Western North Carolina. If your condition warrants a total hip replacement, we typically use the direct anterior approach. This technique replaces the damaged bone and tissue of your hip socket through a small incision in the front of the hip, rather than the side or back. Doing so means significantly less trauma to the muscles and surrounding tissues. Positive outcomes in this procedure are possible without detaching muscles from your hip bone, contributing to a faster recovery.

Postoperative rehabilitation

Following your procedure, we provide seamless access to inpatient rehabilitation so that you can begin work on quickly restoring range of movement, strength and function. Our rehabilitation specialists aim to safely return you to your typical activities, while also preparing you for life outside the hospital.

Historically, we have found that it is possible to achieve full recovery in a matter of months. This is made possible through our additional outpatient rehabilitation program, which allows you to continue your progress, while still being able to go home each day.

What is hip dysplasia?

Although hip pain is not always an indicator of a more serious condition, in some cases, it can be a warning sign for hip dysplasia.

Hip dysplasia in adults

Your hip consists of a joint made up of a ball and socket that hold your body weight and allow for everyday range-of-motion. Hip dysplasia occurs when the socket portion is too shallow to support the ball, thus not fully covering it. While some are born with this abnormality, many cases begin to develop in the teenage-to-early-adulthood years. With the incongruency in the joint, it becomes dislocated, harming the cartilage lining the ball, or the softer cartilage lining the socket, which is called a labral tear.

Our hip preservation team puts such an emphasis on educating our communities about hip dysplasia because it's directly tied to hip arthritis. This is especially true for those under 50 years old.

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