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As one of the largest, most active, and most comprehensive orthopedic centers in the United States, the Methodist Bone & Joint Center performs more than 10,000 surgeries annually. The center has emerged as a national leader due to its high quality clinical care, dedication to resident and fellow education, and innovative clinical and scientific research.
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Arthroscopy is a technique of placing a video camera inside the joint through a small incision (portal) in the skin. Additional portals allow access for other specialized instruments, so that the surgeon may perform the entire surgical procedure while watching on a computer monitor, rather than having to make a traditional incision. Some benefits of this technique when compared to open-incision surgery include less pain, faster recovery, less bleeding, lower risk of infection, and improved cosmetic appearance. Unlike the shoulder or knee, the hip joint is a tight space that must first be opened up by applying traction to the leg while the patient is asleep. In the hip, this technique is most commonly used to treat labral tears or impingement (FAI), and remove loose bodies.
Arthroplasty is the term used to describe the procedure of replacing worn-out joint surfaces with an artificial substitute (prosthesis). Arthritis is the most common diagnosis in patients undergoing hip replacement. The replacement has smooth gliding surfaces, which provide pain relief and improved function. There are different surgical options including partial and total hip replacement and hip resurfacing. There are also different types of prostheses, including metal-on-metal, metal-on-polyethylene, and ceramic. The decision is often based on patient age, preference, and desired activity level. Both hip and knee replacements are among the most common orthopedic procedures, and provides some of the greatest benefits of any procedure in terms of pain relief, ability to return to desired activities, and independence.