Hip Surgery, Replacement and Treatment
Our patient-centered experience means less pain and quicker recovery after hip surgery and treatment
Get moving again
Our hips are responsible for a lot of heaving lifting. Not only do they support our body weight and help us maintain balance and posture, but they also allow us to complete everyday tasks, from walking and sitting to dancing and running
Experiencing hip pain can greatly impact your quality of life. Whether you are living with an unhealthy or injured hip, it's essential that you see an orthopedic physician. With world-class care and years of expertise in hip surgeries and treatments, we're here to help you get your life back.
Personalize your treatment plan
Our expert physicians, physician assistants, and physical therapists work with you to create a custom treatment plan that helps you regain strength and recover sooner.
Experience the outpatient hip replacement difference
Outpatient hip replacement is possible with Alexander Orthopaedics. Having your hip replacement surgery performed in an outpatient environment:
- Reduces the time you spend in a hospital
- Reduces your chances of secondary infections
- Promotes a closer relationship between the patient and surgeon
- Gets you home faster
Recover in the comfort of your home
Advances in arthroscopy and arthroplasty techniques enable our Board Certified physicians to provide patients with minimally invasive treatments and little muscle trauma. This means less pain and quicker recovery for our hip surgery patients.
After experiencing our cutting-edge outpatient orthopedic surgery center, you are able to recover from home, which is a signature philosophy of Alexander Orthopaedics. A total joint liaison helps you through the treatment process, and medical and therapy teams prep your home and evaluate you after surgery. We are committing to ensuring the recovery of our patients every step of the way.
"I am now 8 weeks post-op on my second hip replacement and I am quite pleased with the progress with both hips. This is an ongoing project, not always easy or comfortable, but with an excellent skilled surgeon, a personal commitment to work hard and return to my 45-year career as a Fitness Professional Trainer and Instructor, and the help of great PT's who understand setting and achieving personal goals, I will succeed. Thank you Dr. Alexander for giving me my life back!"
- Mary Frances Blackard
Common Hip Injuries
Even an otherwise healthy hip joint can become injured in a traumatic incident such as an auto accident or sports accident. Other hip injuries may be caused by prolonged or repeated stress - such as the stress from competitive athletics or dance - or become damaged simply from aging.
Bursitis describes an inflammation and swelling of the bursae, fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate the joints. In the hip joint, the bursae sits between the hard bone of the hip and the connecting tendon. Bursitis causes pain in the hip and the outside of the thigh.
The hip joint is formed by a ball and socket. Hip impingement is a malformation of the ball or socket that causes friction in the hip joint, causing the cartilage to be damaged.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by inflammation and damage to the cartilage of a joint. It causes pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. Osteoarthritis is a condition typically seen in older patients.
Hip Labral Tear
A labral tear describes damage to the cartilage that surrounds the hip socket. It can be caused by repetitive motion or a fall or accident. It may also be seen in the early stages of osteoarthritis.
Alexander Orthopaedic Associates is the only orthopedic practice in the Tampa Bay area that specializes in outpatient joint replacement surgery.
Common Hip Surgeries and Procedures
Hip surgeries typically fall into two categories - hip replacement or hip arthroscopy. Hip replacement is generally required if there is an extensive injury or arthritis, while hip arthroscopy is used for less severe conditions.
Our acclaimed surgeons have developed innovative surgical techniques for hip replacement and have received extensive training in specialized techniques for hip arthroscopy, including femoroacetabular impingement surgery and labral tear repair. They are members of the following prestigious associations:
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
- Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
- American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
- Florida Orthopaedic Society (FOS)
Total Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement, or total hip arthroplasty, replaces the arthritic joint with a hip prosthesis to improve function and reduce pain. It sounds scary, but many times, the procedure can be done through a small incision. It's also incredibly common - around 300,000 Americans undergo hip replacement surgery each year.
The two main types of hip replacement surgery are anterior, which uses an incision at the front of the hip, and posterior, which uses an incision at the back. Anterior hip replacement requires minimal-to-no muscle cutting, while posterior hip replacement requires the surgeon to cut muscles and soft tissue.
Hip replacement is used to treat a number of conditions, including:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Hip Fractures
- Bone Tumors
Nonsurgical methods to treat hip pain include diet and weight loss, physical therapy, exercise, and anti-inflammatory medication. Alexander Orthopaedics will work with you to create the most effective combination of nonsurgical and surgical techniques needed to get your life back on track.
Total hip replacement is a major surgery, and there are some potential risks as well as a typical recovery time of 2-3 months depending on the patient.
While you may be able to walk a day or so after your hip replacement surgery, resuming normal activities such as driving might take a few weeks. Our physical therapists will work with you to ensure a speedy and safe hip replacement recovery.
Artificial hip joints in a total hip replacement surgery can last for decades if they do not experience infection or complications, or are re-injured. At Alexander Orthopaedics, we have developed proprietary surgical techniques to ensure better patient outcomes and longer-lasting hip replacements.
SMART Total Hip Replacement
In a traditional total hip replacement, there is a certain amount of risk for postoperative hip dislocation, nerve damage, fractures, and other complications. Dr. Vladimir Alexander developed the SMART Total Hip procedure to help reduce the risk associated with hip replacement surgery.
The SMART Total Hip Technique with DCC (Direct Capsular Closure) allows optimal exposure to the hip. This is a safe and stable approach with far less potential complications when compared to a standard Posterior Approach or a Direct Anterior Approach (DAA).
First, the surgeon can see the area of operation, which means there's no need for fluoroscopy, X-ray, or a special operating room table during this procedure. In addition, this technique recreates the natural closure of the joint capsule, which makes the results superior and the risks and complications significantly decreased when compared to all other approaches.
One key advantage of Smart total hip replacement is that it can be performed as an outpatient surgery in most cases. Other benefits of this procedure, when compared to the Standard Posterior Approach (SPA) & the Direct Anterior Approach (DAA), include:
- Higher success rate
- Decreased complication rate
- Decreased dislocation rate
- Decreased chance of nerve damage
- Decreased exposure to radiation when compared to DAA
- The joint capsule is preserved & repaired as compared to Standard Posterior Approach & DAA
State-of-the-art surgery center, and recovery at home. Discover the Alexander Outpatient Advantage.
Arthroscopic Hip Surgery
Hip arthroscopy is an outpatient, minimally invasive procedure that involves small incisions and the use of a camera fitted onto a small, slender tube. This type of procedures allows you to see into the hip and make repairs or debridement without a large incision.
Hip arthroscopy can help patients regain function of their hip and allows the patient to make a faster recovery. Hip arthroscopy is typically used to treat:
- Femoroacetabular impingement
- Labral tears
- Loose fragments
- Bone spurs
- Hip joint infection
Birmingham Hip Resurfacing
Birmingham hip resurfacing is a unique procedure performed by few surgeons in the Tampa Bay area. It is most commonly prescribed for young men with premature hip arthritis, as it is designed for young, active patients. By preserving both muscle and bone, the procedure allows patients to live with fewer limitations once fully healed.
While it depends on the patient, Birmingham hip resurfacing can last anywhere between 5-10 years. If the hip resurfacing implant wears out, typically a standard hip replacement is recommended to replace it.
Total hip replacement involves removing and replacing the entire hip joint, while hip resurfacing involves shaving and capping the joint surface.
After Birmingham hip resurfacing surgery, most patients can walk the same day, and resume regular activities within 2-3 weeks.