Hip surgery repairs a hip problem caused by damage to bones or soft tissues, such as cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. The hip joint is where the thighbone (femur) and hip bone (pelvis) are joined together.
In 2016, Dignity Health's hospitals in the Bay Area all received designation as a Blue Distinction Center for Hip Replacement for demonstrating expertise in hip replacement surgery. Our hospitals have also been recognized for orthopedic excellence by Healthgrades.
If you need hip surgery in the Bay Area, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health who can help you get back to your active lifestyle.
Why Do Doctors Perform Hip Surgery?
Doctors use hip surgery to treat pain or disability caused by:
- Death of bone (osteonecrosis)
- Dysplasia, a developmental problem that causes the hip joint to wear out
- Hip injuries, including torn cartilage, dislocations, overuse injuries, and fractures
- Inflammatory forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Loose bodies, including cartilage pieces and bone fragments
- Osteoarthritis, the breakdown of bone and cartilage
- Traumatic arthritis, which develops after a fracture or severe strain or sprain
- Unexplained hip symptoms, including stiffness, pain, instability, swelling, locking, catching, and snapping
Common types of hip surgery include:
- Arthroscopic hip procedures
- Hip dislocation
- Hip fracture repair
- Hip replacement
- Hip resurfacing
What to Expect During Hip Arthroscopy & Surgery in the Bay Area
Hip surgery takes place in a Dignity Health surgical center or hospital. The complexity of the surgery, size and type of incision, and type of anesthesia depends on the reason for the procedure.
Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for an arthroscopic hip procedure, a minimally invasive type of surgery. This procedure could involve less pain and a faster recover time.
Hip Surgery Recovery
After surgery, you will need to spend a few days in a Dignity Health hospital. In some cases, you will also need time in rehabilitation center before you can return home. For some arthroscopic hip surgeries, you may be able to go home the same day.
Offered at all four of our Bay Area hospitals, physical therapy is an important part of recovery from any type of hip surgery. A physical therapist can help you regain hip flexibility, function, and strength. Talk with your surgeon or physical therapist about when it’s safe to return to your usual activities.
Are you considering hip surgery? Get a Dignity Health doctor referral by calling (888) 981-7501 today.
Dignity Health offers a range of techniques and technologies for hip surgery in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.