, Volume 8, Issue 3, p 191
Date: 07 Sep 2012

Current Topics Concerning Joint Preservation and Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Hip

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Our understanding of the hip over the last 20 years has evolved from that of a simple ball and socket joint, to that of a complex interplay between ligaments, bony anatomy, cartilage, and labrum working in 6 degrees of freedom. With our increased understanding of the normal anatomy and pathologic mechanisms of damage to these structures has come an improved ability to diagnose problems, and subsequently offer surgical treatments.

One of the fastest-growing fields in orthopedic surgery is that of the hip specialist. Because of the wide range of ages and conditions that can afflict the hip, many academic centers have developed “hip centers”, where several physicians provide a continuum of care for hip conditions. At Hospital for Special Surgery, the Center for Hip Preservation was established in 2010, with the goal of providing care for patients of all ages with hip pathology, ranging from developmental dysplasia of the hip, to sports-related injuries, to degenerative arthritis. Physiatri