When you have hip pain, walking is often difficult and painful. Everyday activities such as climbing steps or standing from a seated position can be a challenge. At University of Missouri Health Care, we’re here to help improve your quality of life. 

 Jon Pierce is dancing again after having double hip replacement at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute.
Jon Pierce is dancing again after having double hip replacement at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute. Read more about Jon.


The team at MU Health Care’s Missouri Orthopaedic Institute specializes in comprehensive care for hip pain, including surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. From diagnosis through treatment and physical therapy, our experts are committed to relieving your pain. 

If nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy, medicine injections or weight loss support don’t work for you, our orthopaedic surgeons provide a full spectrum of options, including hip preservation and hip replacement surgery. 

Hip Preservation

When your hip cartilage is healthy, surgeons can provide treatments to repair or remove damaged tissue and corrective surgeries to preserve the joint cartilage and delay the progression of arthritis.

Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive techniques that offer smaller incisions and shorter recovery time. No matter which type of hip treatment you receive, you’ll participate in physical therapy after surgery to help rebuild strength and improve your mobility. 

Hip arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy can help you if you have sustained damage to the tissues around the hip joint or have minor deformities to the hip bone structure. During minimally invasive arthroscopy surgery, your surgeon repairs or reshapes the joint to restore normal function and delay the development of arthritis in the joint. Your surgeon will use specialized tools to remove bone deformities or damaged cartilage and repair your cartilage.

Hip osteotomy

If you have hip pain due to a structural deformity (hip dysplasia), our orthopaedic surgeons can realign the hip joint and decrease the damage to your cartilage. These procedures can extend the life of your hip joint and restore normal joint function.

During hip osteotomy, your physician removes part of the bone on either your pelvis or femur (the thigh bone). The surgeon then realigns the joint, holding it in place with screws so it can heal properly.

Hip Replacement

When your hip cartilage is damaged, you might need hip replacement surgery to relieve your pain. During this surgery, your damaged joint is replaced with an artificial joint.

Anterior hip replacement

If arthritis has damaged your hip joint, you will need surgery to replace the joint with metal and plastic implants. During an anterior hip replacement, the latest approach to hip replacement, the surgeon makes an incision in the front of your hip. Then, your surgeon uses specialized tools to remove the femoral head (the ball-shaped area at the top of the thigh bone) and replace it with a metal ball. Your surgeon also removes the damaged cartilage in the hip socket and replaces it with a metal socket. A plastic cushion goes between the metal femoral head and metal hip socket, creating a new joint.

Posterior hip replacement

A posterior hip replacement is the traditional approach to hip replacement. During this procedure, the surgeon makes an incision behind the hip. To reach the hip bone, the surgeon must cut some muscles and tissues that are repaired at the end of your surgery.

Outpatient hip replacement

Having a hip replaced once required several days in the hospital to recover. Now, some patients can have an outpatient hip replacement, either going home on the day of surgery or the next day less than 24 hours after surgery.

Hip Replacement Surgery