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    Hip
    Sutter Orthopaedic Institute

    Hip problems constitute one of the most common causes for referral to a Sutter orthopedic surgeon. Osteoarthritis in the hip joint is a common condition that often limits a patient's ability to live a full, active life. Treatment options vary, ranging from medication and noninvasive treatments, such as orthotic devices and physical therapy to total hip replacement.

    Minimally invasive surgical approaches and total hip replacement surgery are available at all Sutter hospitals in the Greater Sacramento area. Sutter orthopedic surgeons perform more initial and revision total knee and hip joint replacement surgeries than any other surgery group in the region. Total hip replacement is not the only service available for conditions of the hip; however, joint replacement is the final option after other treatments have proved ineffective.

    Diagnosis

    Patients referred to an orthopedic surgeon for hip conditions undergo comprehensive testing, which may include ultrasound, X-rays, CT scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or a bone scan.

    Treatment

    Once the surgeon has determined the cause of misalignment or pain, treatment follows according to severity. In the event of a fall, surgeons typically perform surgery to hold the bone sections in place or replace a broken joint with a partial or total artificial joint.

    Information about diagnosis and treatment of many conditions of the hip is available in our Health Information Library under the following topics: Arthritis (Osteoarthritis); Arthritis, Rheumatoid; Hip Fracture; Hip Problems and Injuries, Age 12 and Older; Hip Replacement Surgery; and Osteoporosis.

    Additional information resources include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease (NIAMS).

    Recent Advances

    Medical science is constantly developing more effective and less invasive techniques to diagnose and treat hip conditions. Your Sutter surgeon will discuss the various treatments available with you and make recommendations based on your specific condition.

    In addition, several Sutter orthopedic surgeons are actively involved in clinical trials through Sutter Institute for Medical Research, providing patients access to the latest advances in hip treatments. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, talk to your surgeon about current clinical trials seeking volunteers.

    Care for Children

    Sutter also provides care for children with hip problems that exist from birth, develop over time, or are caused by trauma. Many orthopedic surgeons in the region see patients of all ages. For more complex conditions, Sutter Children's Center, Sacramento offers care from skilled pediatric orthopedic and neurosurgery surgeons and an interdisciplinary team of specialists. To find out more, see the Children's Orthopedic Services section of this Web site.

    Find Out More

    Patients generally receive referrals from their primary care doctors to an orthopedic surgeon. To self-refer or learn more about surgeons who care for hip-related conditions, go to the Physician Directory and select Orthopedic Surgery from the drop-down menu under Physician Specialties. Clicking on a physician's name opens a profile, which offers more insight into the physician's areas of concentration.