Great News: Rothman Orthopaedic Institute Is Coming To New York!
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint; when the hip is healthy, the parts of the joint function smoothly and painlessly. However, when a hip injury occurs, the natural functions of the hip joint are disturbed. Depending on the injury, this can lead to pain, inflammation, and other troubling symptoms. The progression or severity of a hip condition may even require hip replacement surgery. If you live in the area and have hip pain, you’ll want to see a hip doctor on the Lower East Side, immediately. But who can you go to?
Good news for our New York patients: Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is coming to you. Our new office will feature specialized services in Sports Medicine, Hand and Wrist, Spine, Foot and Ankle, and Joint Replacement—and that includes hip replacement. If you think you are in need of joint replacement surgery, let our orthopaedic experts diagnose, treat, and work with you to restore the health of your hips.
Who Needs Hip Replacement Surgery?
Perhaps you have a hip injury or condition but are not sure whether you need replacement surgery. Below are some conditions that may require this procedure:
Arthritis. The most common cause of chronic hip pain and disability is arthritis. One type of arthritis our doctors see often in older patients is osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease. This condition is characterized by the wearing away of cartilage surrounding the hip bones. As a result, the bones will rub against each other and cause the affected patient pain and stiffness. The two other common types of arthritis are rheumatoid and post-traumatic. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation which, over time, can damage and destroy cartilage. Post-traumatic arthritis manifests after a hip injury or fracture has impacted the joint. Again, and as a result of the trauma incident, the cartilage gradually deteriorates, and the bones rub painfully against each other.
Avascular Necrosis. Also call osteonecrosis, this disease results in bone death in part of the femoral head (the ball at the top of the thigh bone that fits into the hip socket). Bone death occurs with an interruption in blood flow. This interruption may be caused by damage to the blood vessels after a hip fracture; damage inside of the blood vessels, perhaps from radiation therapy, or; a clot in the blood vessel. While cases of this disease in its early stages may be surgically treated with core decompression, osteotomy, or bone grafting, the later stages of bone death will most likely require total hip replacement.
How to Find a Hip Doctor on the Lower East Side
When it comes to your health in general, you should not settle for anything less than the highest level of care. For this reason, it is imperative to research beforehand and choose your orthopaedic doctor on the Lower East Side wisely. Below are some factors to keep in mind during your search for a hip specialist.
Location of Office. Is the doctor’s office in close proximity to where you live? Is it walkable, or is there access to public transportation? If you end up needing hip replacement surgery, can you plan your route to this location with ease? Determine how far you are willing to travel.
A Team-Minded Practice. Hip replacement surgery is not a one-person job. In addition to a hip surgeon, there are several other assistants and medical professionals who contribute to each operation. Choose a practice that values teamwork and collaboration; these qualities typically lead to the best results for patients.
Experienced Physicians and Surgeons. Evaluating a doctor’s level of experience in the field means looking at her or his education and advanced training. Also, do not be afraid to ask if your doctor has treated your particular hip condition or performed hip replacement surgery often in the past (more often than not, the answer is yes).
With a team of orthopaedic professionals and advanced medical researchers, you can confidently put the health of your hips in the hands of Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. To schedule an appointment with a hip doctor on the Lower East Side, or for more information about our New York services, please visit us here or contact us at 1-800-321-9999.