Hip Surgery and Treatment

While minor hip pain is common and can even be treated at home, it’s time to see a doctor if you were in an accident and are experiencing severe pain, have sudden swelling, or you’re unable to move your hip.

Complete Orthopedics specializes in hip surgery and treatment options. With locations in New York and Long Island, our staff of experienced orthopedic surgeons can meet with you to discuss your symptoms, diagnose the problem, and provide you with the best course of treatment or surgery. We also provide non-surgical hip pain treatment options.

If you’d like to make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon today, please schedule an appointment online or give us a call.

Here is a look at hip pain, including the common causes of hip pain and the treatment and surgery options available today.

  • Overview
  • Symptoms
  • When to call a doctor for hip pain
  • Causes of hip pain
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment and Surgery


Hip pain is common and can feel different depending on the cause. Some people experience pain on the inside of the hip, while others feel pain on the outside of the hip, on the upper thigh or outer buttocks. Depending on the cause, it can feel like a dull ache, a sharp pain, or a burning sensation.

The source of the pain can come from the joint itself or from any of the many surrounding muscles, ligaments, tendons or soft tissues.
The key to recovery from hip pain is diagnosing the underlying cause of the pain. The location of the pain helps doctors diagnose the underlying condition or cause of the pain.

Hip Pain Symptoms

Hip pain manifests in the body in different ways depending on the cause of the pain.
Here are some of the common signs and symptoms of hip pain:

  • Joint pain on the inside of the hip or groin
  • Pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock
  • Feeling achy or stiff
  • Warmth
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling over the hip
  • Difficulty sleeping on the hip
  • Sudden, severe pain
  • Snapping sound or feeling in the hip

When to call Complete Orthopedics

Though you might experience minor hip pain from time to time, it’s important to seek hip pain treatment if you’ve been in an accident, experienced an injury, and/or are experiencing:

  • Signs of infection, which include fever, chills, redness.
  • A deformed hip joint
  • Severe pain
  • Inability to move your hip or leg
  • Sudden swelling

Along with emergency issues mentioned above, you should also contact your doctor if you’re experiencing any kind of hip pain. The goal is to discover the cause of the pain. Even if you don’t require hip surgery, we can suggest non-surgical options including exercise and physical therapy that will improve your condition, relive your pain and get you back to a healthy lifestyle again.

Causes of Hip Pain

Hip pain can be caused by a variety of reasons, ranging from arthritis conditions to injuries to the hip such as fractures.
Here is a list of the most common causes of pain that might require surgery or non-surgical hip pain treatment.

Hip Pain Caused by Injuries and Accidents

A painful condition, hip bursitis is when the small sacs around the bones, tendons and muscles near your hip joints becomes inflamed. Bursitis of the hip can occur do to repeated overuse or stress of the hip and as well as other reasons.
Hip Dislocation
Your hip can get dislocated between the femur and pelvis, although it usually takes a major hip injury for this to happen. The most common causes of hip dislocations are car accidents and falls from great heights such as a ladder.
Hip fracture
A hip fracture is a painful hip injury that can happen after a fall, or because of weakened bones from osteoporosis. If you’ve experienced a hip fracture, you’ll need immediate medical attention and most likely hip surgery or replacement will be the treatment option.
Hip labral tear
A common sports hip injury for athletes that play soccer, football, and golf, a hip labral tear happens when you tear the labrum that follows the outside rim of your hip joint socket. This type of injury might have no signs and symptoms or you might experience pain in your hip or groin.
Hip sprains
It’s possible to get a sprain in your hip when you tear or stretch ligaments around the hip. You can sprain your hip in a fall, while you’re running, or in a sports hip injury in soccer or basketball.
Hip tendinitis
Hip tendonitis occurs when the tendon in the hip becomes inflamed or irritated. This painful condition is also called hip flexor tendonitis and is very common in athletes who swim, bike, or run on a regular basis. People with hip tendinitis experience tenderness on the hip near the tendon, stiffness in the morning or after long periods of rest, and pain that reduces as you warm up but increases throughout the day.

Arthritis-related Hip Pain

Arthritis is one of the most common causes of hip pain that ends in hip surgery. Each type of arthritis causes different symptoms and pain sensations.
If you have osteoarthritis of the hip, the cartilage in the hip joint wears away over time and causes pain and stiffness. This type of arthritis usually affects people over the age of 50, although it is possible to develop the condition at an earlier age. Early diagnosis and treatment is vital to prevent the impact it has on your life.
Psoriatic arthritis
This type of arthritis usually affects people who have the skin condition psoriasis. It causes joint pain, stiffness and swelling in the hip joint.
Rheumatoid arthritis
Unlike osteoarthritis that happens over time, rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disorder that affects your entire body including the hip joint. Symptoms of hip RA include severe pain, stiffness and swelling in the hip as well as the thigh and groin area.
Septic arthritis
This type of arthritis is caused by bacteria, a virus or fungus. The infection causes inflammation in the joints, such as the hip. Common symptoms include chills, fever, sever pain I the affected joint, swelling, and warmth. Children and the elderly are at risk for septic arthritis.

Additional Problems with Hip Pain

In addition to injuries and arthritis, there are other reasons you might be experiencing pain in your hip. Here are a few of the most common problems associated with hip pain:
Avascular necrosis
A common issue that affects the hip, avascular necrosis is the death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply. This can happen after a traumatic hip injury to the bone, or long-term use of high-dose steroid medications, and excessive alcoholic consumption. People with avascular necrosis often experience hip pain and stiffness, walk with a limp, and experience a restriction of movement.
Some cancers might cause pain in the hip, including advanced metastatic cancer, bone cancer, and leukemia. Usually when you experience pain in the hip due to cancer the pain is severe.
Pinched Nerves
It’s possible to experience pain in the hip cause of a pinched nerve. Usually, the pain is a sharp or burning pain in the hip, thigh or groin. You might also feel tingling or numbness in the hip or down the leg.
A rare but serious condition, osteomyelitis is an infection in the bone that occurs after skin wounds, trauma and surgeries.


If you’re experiencing hip pain, it’s important to call your doctor and make an appointment for hip pain treatment. Even if the pain the minor, we always recommend early diagnosis and treatment to prevent further damage to your joints or other areas of your body.
At Complete Orthopedics, we specialize in the diagnosis of common and rare hip conditions and injuries. We offer same-day appointments for emergencies and most of the time we’re able to diagnose your issue in the office during your first visit.
The Process
Often, your orthopedic surgeon can determine the cause of your hip pain based on the location of the pain and your symptoms. An x-ray usually will confirm the cause. If the x-ray does not show where the injury is and you still have pain, we might order an MRI or bone scan to get a better understanding of the cause.
Once we’ve made a diagnosis, we can talk to you about the best treatment option for your situation. This might include surgery or non-surgical treatment options, such as physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, gait aids, and injections.

Hip Pain Treatment and Surgery

Complete Orthopedics is proud to offer the very latest in hip surgery and hip pain treatment. Our orthopedic surgeons have operating privileges in six local hospitals in New York City and Long Island.
Some of the most common surgeries associated with hip pain repair include:
1. Total hip replacement
2. Anterior hip replacement
3. Robotic hip replacement
4. Revision hip replacement
5. Avascular necrosis of the hip joint
6. Makoplasty anterior hip replacement

Total Hip Replacement

A total hip replacement is a surgery option if your pain is affecting your daily life and all other nonsurgical treatments are no longer effective. People with arthritis such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis often require hip replacement surgeries.

Anterior Hip Replacement

In this common and very successful surgery, you’ll receive an artificial hip to replace the damaged bones in your hip joint. Anterior hip replacements are often scheduled for people with osteoarthritis, childhood hip join infections, and inflammatory systemic disorders, among others.

Robotic Hip Replacement

In this type of surgery, the surgeon replaces your hip with the help of a robot with a built-in computer system. A robotic hip replacement is a more accurate surgery that results in a smaller incision size. Robotic hip replacements are ideal for people with hip osteoarthritis.

Revision Hip Replacement

A revision hip replacement is a hip surgery to replace the artificial hip joint that has been damaged over time or due to an infection.

Avascular Necrosis of the Hip Joint

For people with avascular necrosis of the hip joint, surgery options might include core decompression, vascularized and non-vascularized grafts, osteotomies, and total hip replacements.

Makoplasty Anterior Hip Replacement

This type of surgery replaces the diseased parts of the hip joint with prosthetic parts. Makoplasty anterior hip replacements are often required for people with osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, hip dysplasia, and inflammatory arthritis.

Recovery and Healing

Your recovery and healing depends on the surgery you undergo. At Complete Orthopedics, we’re dedicated to helping our patients experience a full recovery that’s tailored to their surgery and unique needs.


To learn more, please read our Total Hip Replacement Recovery Guide.
Our website is rich with articles on hip pain, causes of hip pain, as well as the surgeries we offer.
You can also find hip surgery case studies.

Complete Orthopedics Hip Surgery and Recovery

Whether it’s the result of arthritis, a fall, or years of wear and tear, hip pain shouldn’t interfere with your daily life. While minor pains can be treated at home, we encourage you to contact us for any chronic or severe pain and symptoms.

At Complete Orthopedics, we specialize in hip surgery and recovery plans. Along with professional surgery and hip treatment, we provide you with the knowledge and self-care tips you’ll need to go through a successful recovery process.

Give us a call today or schedule an appointment online.

I am fellowship trained in joint replacement surgery, metabolic bone disorders, sports medicine and trauma. I specialize in total hip and knee replacements, and I have personally written most of the content on this page.