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Hip Preservation

Problems with the hip joint are common—more than 332,000 total hip replacement procedures are performed in the United States every year. However, for some people, repairing the hip and preserving the natural joint is a better treatment option than total joint replacement.

Hip preservation encompasses a variety of non-surgical treatments and surgical procedures designed to reverse or slow the degenerative disease process and prevent the need for hip replacement. The goal is to alleviate pain and optimize current hip function, allowing people to continue participating in an active life.

Hip preservation is designed for patients ages 16–60 who have hip pain but do not have moderate to severe arthritis. The hip pain many of these patients experience does not come from the joint itself, but is instead caused by issues in surrounding muscles, tendons, or spinal nerves, or even by abdominal problems.

The New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) Hip Preservation Program encompasses an interdisciplinary team of clinical experts in surgical and non-surgical treatment of hip pain.

Contact Us

125 Parker Hill Avenue
Boston, MA 02120

40 Allied Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Our Program

At the NEBH Hip Preservation Program, our team of hip specialists is led by orthopedic surgeon Thomas Wuerz, MD, MSc, MS, and includes pain management specialists, physiatrists, radiologists, and physical therapists. Our experts are dedicated to getting you back to an active lifestyle. We offer a full range of surgical and non-surgical services for patients who don’t have moderate to severe arthritis, aimed at slowing degeneration of the hip joint and lessening the severity of future hip problems while alleviating pain and optimizing your current hip function.

What We Treat

Some of the most common conditions our Hip Preservation specialists treat include:

  • Athletic Soft-Tissue Injuries
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
  • Hamstring Tendon Rupture
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Flexor Tendonitis (Iliopsoas tendon)
  • Labral Tears and Chondral Lesions in the Hip

A Better Way to Perform Hip Arthroscopy

Introducing the Pivot Guardian Distraction System

NEBH is the first hospital in Massachusetts to utilize the Pivot Guardian Distraction System, a new surgical table for hip arthroscopy. Traditional tables have a post positioned between the patient’s legs.  The pressure from this post has been associated with complications in the groin area, which can last several weeks, months, or in rare cases be permanent. Instead of using a post, this new table positions the patient on their back with the table slightly tilted and their feet over their head. This creates a gravitational pull from the patient’s upper body to open up the hip joint rather than using a post between the legs.

Benefits include:

  • Lower risk of groin complications traditionally associated with hip arthroscopy
  • Better positioning for surgery:
    • More blood flows toward the patient’s brain, reducing the risk of anesthesia-related complications
    • Blood flows away from the hip, allowing for better operating conditions with less blood loss

Call 617-754-5656 to make an appointment today.

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