Exploring Surgery for: Hip
At New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH), we understand how debilitating and disabling hip pain and loss of function can be. Our care team, including our hip specialists, has the focused expertise to help you return to the activities you love.
The NEBH approach to treating hip pain is based on decades of researching new therapies and patient outcomes. As a rule, we try to avoid surgery. Common non-surgical treatments include physical therapy and anti-inflammatory injections.
However, hip surgery can be the best option for relieving pain and/or restoring hip function. If you and your doctor decide to proceed with surgery, you can take comfort in knowing NEBH performs more hip procedures, including more minimally invasive procedures, than any other Boston hospital. We also conduct the most revision surgeries of the hip (procedures that correct previous hip replacements) in the region. And, research shows that surgeons who perform a high volume of a particular type of surgery have superior results.
Coming to NEBH for Hip Surgery
NEBH has experts in all types of hip surgery from hip preservation, to correcting degeneration caused by aging to joint replacements. Our years of orthopedic experience have allowed us to fine-tune our process before, during and after hip surgery to ensure the best possible experience and long-term results for you.
Reducing Your Risk Before Hip Surgery
We've designed our preoperative screening process so that your entire treatment team — surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses and operating room staff — knows your specific treatment plan and surgical needs.
Prior to surgery, we'll take a close look at your health history. This includes factors that may impact your experience during surgery and recovery (e.g. cardiovascular health, diabetes, smoking, weight).
If we identify any risk factors, we can call on the expertise of NEBH’s Department of Medicine specialty physicians. Cardiologists, hematologists, infectious disease specialists and others are available to assist with preoperative planning as appropriate. You'll also be screened and treated for infections that could complicate your surgery and recovery.
All of these steps are geared toward managing your risk, producing the best results and getting you back to your life as soon as possible.
During Your Surgery
We know you're concerned about pain during and after hip surgery. Our anesthesiologists and surgeons are dedicated to addressing the unique needs of orthopedic patients to prevent and reduce pain. The form of anesthesia administered will depend on factors including the type of surgery being performed along with your preferences.
Following Your Surgery
After your surgery, your care team will monitor and treat your hip pain. If needed, your care team can consult with a pain management physician. We generally aim to have patients walk within one day of surgery, which helps to speed recovery and set rehabilitation expectations. A variety of rehabilitation services are available at NEBH, including physical therapy.
Often times, your hip surgery will require an overnight stay. If you need to spend time with us following your hip surgery, we'll make your stay as pleasant as possible. We're proud to say that NEBH has consistently ranked as a top performer in patient satisfaction. In fact, we've received the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award (one of the healthcare industry's most coveted symbols of achievement in patient satisfaction) each year since 2007.
A Commitment to Patient Safety
At NEBH, patient safety is ingrained in our history and our culture. Among the many measures we've instituted to boost safety, these are particularly important if you're undergoing hip surgery:
- In light of the risks of impaired mobility, we've made substantial improvements in managing patients at high risk for falls. Our incidence of patient falls with injury is less than half that of our peer hospital group.
- An aggressive detection and protection program has placed us in the top 10 percent of U.S. hospitals for preventing pulmonary embolus and deep vein thrombosis (PE/DVT), a potentially deadly complication of lower-extremity surgery.
- The NEBH methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) protocol, designed to prevent a dangerous type of staph infection, has been adopted industry-wide.
Click here to consult with one of our expert orthopedic surgeons, or call NEBH at 855-370-NEBH (6324) for a referral.
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