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Hip & Knee Care

The hips and knees are two of the largest joints in the body. They help us enjoy everything from sitting, standing, walking and running to playing sports and dancing. They’re also two of the most common reasons people see orthopedic surgeons.

Because these major joints bear the weight of our bodies and because they’re made of many moving parts, knees and hips are prone to overuse and injury along with degeneration by normal wear and tear.

Comprehensive, Specialized Care for Hips & Knees

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s orthopedic hip and knee specialists and surgeons are leaders in their field, offering a wide range of services including the minimally invasive treatment options for joint replacement surgery.

With our complete surgical offerings, outpatient rehabilitation services, sports medicine coverage, Joint Effort Camp for joint replacement patients, home care and educational programs, you can expect the best in clinical excellence and outcomes.

Hip & Knee Conditions We Treat

  • ACL and meniscal tears
  • Arthritis of the hips and knee
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Baker’s cysts
  • Breaks and fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage and meniscus tears
  • Chondromalacia
  • Hip impingement
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Joint deformities
  • Ligament tears (ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL)
  • Osteoarthritis  
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendinitis 

Treatments We Offer

The orthopedic specialists at Wheaton Franciscan treat hip and knee pain using a variety of techniques, including anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and surgery. They will work with you to create a customized treatment plan to address your specific condition. Surgical options available include:

  • Anterior approach, total hip replacement
  • Arthroscopic hip and knee surgery
  • Cartilage regeneration (harvested cartilage)
  • Fracture repair
  • Hip resurfacing  
  • Hip replacement revision 
  • Hip and knee arthroscopy
  • Hip and knee replacement – partial and total
  • Hip and knee restoration
  • Total hip and knee revision (replace a previous knee implant)

Learn more about the following treatments:

Hip Resurfacing

Hip resurfacing is an alternative to a total hip replacement for some individuals. It’s appropriate for strong, active people and effectively returns them to the activities they enjoyed before experiencing their hip problems.

With this procedure, worn ball and socket surfaces in the hip joint are replaced with a smooth, durable chrome. A metal cap locks on the top of the hip bone, matching a smooth metal socket that locks into the pelvic joint. This resurfaced metal on metal hip joint can now glide with a smooth, natural motion.

Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is used to remove loose cartilage, repair labral tears or remove bone spurs. It can also help to relieve bursitis that doesn’t respond to injections or other therapies.

With this procedure, several small incisions are made around the hip joint. An endoscope is inserted and images appear on a screen, allowing the surgeon to make repairs. This minimally invasive procedure allows for a faster recovery and is best for young, active patients in good health.

Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery

For individuals facing a hip replacement, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare offers a new technique that can spare the major muscles surrounding the hip joint. The anterior approach for total hip replacement is a tissue-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery that provides the potential for less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility.

Muscle-Sparing Technique

This technique allows the surgeon to approach from the anterior (front) of the hip where the hip joint can be exposed under direct vision. The surgeon uses one or two small incisions at the front of the hip as opposed to the side or back. Replacement work is performed between muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones, sparing the tissue from trauma. Keeping the muscles intact helps prevent dislocations and avoids the pain of sitting on the incision site.

A specially designed surgical table enables the unique positioning of the femur and pelvis while minimizing muscle trauma during hip replacement surgery. During surgery, the table allows the operative leg to be moved giving the surgeon better access in positioning the implant. In addition, x-rays taken during the procedure and computer navigation provide precise placement and measurements.

Benefits of Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery

While each individual responds differently and recovery varies from patient to patient, the anterior approach may result in:

  • Accelerated recovery time 
  • Fewer restrictions during recovery, including the bending of the hip and weight bearing 
  • Reduced scarring 
  • Faster stability of the implant
  • Reduced chance of dislocation

Anterior Hip IncisionThe red line denotes traditional open hip replacement surgery. The blue line denotes anterior approach minimally invasive surgery.

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