Victorian Bone & Joint Specialists is home to an experienced team of hip surgeons, providing modern, minimally invasive surgical techniques and treatment for a range of hip conditions. We are located in Melbourne and offer an exceptional level of care to patients so you can return to optimal health as soon as possible. 

Want to book an appointment with one of our hip surgeons?Contact our friendly team today. 

Our services:

We can help with a range of conditions, including: 

  • Hip arthritis
  • Labral tears
  • Femoroacetabular impingement 
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Anterior hip replacement
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Robotic hip replacement
  • Snapping hip

Common hip injuries and conditions

The hip acts as the largest ball and socket joint within the body, allowing movement between the pelvis and lower limb while maintaining stability in the area. A layer of cartilage lines the hip bones, providing smooth movement within the joint. 

Problems can arise within the hip area relating to general deterioration, sports injuries, osteoarthritis, gluteal tendon pain and bursitis. Below, we’ve listed some of the treatments that we can help with. 

Hip arthritis

Hip arthritis is a condition that occurs when cartilage in the joint wears out and the area becomes inflamed. This can lead to discomfort, pain and stiffness. Over time, movements that accommodate this condition (limping, etc) can result in secondary effects such as loss of mobility and weight gain. 

Symptoms include: 

  • Hip pain
  • Hip stiffness
  • Pain on walking
  • Back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Buttock pain

Normal hip showing smooth joint surfaces

Arthritis of the hip indicated by red arrows showing bone spurs, inflammation, cysts and loose bodies. 

Labral tears

Labral tears can occur when the labrum detaches from the bone of the pelvis and joint fluid enters the area, preventing the torn labrum from healing. 

Some of the symptoms associated with this condition include:

  • Groin/hip pain
  • Clicking/Catching in the hip
  • Restricted hip range of motion

A specialist orthopaedic surgeon will recommend treatment based on the severity of symptoms. While some people will recover in a few weeks following treatment, others may need surgery.

Treatments can include: 

  • Hip arthroscopic labral excision
  • Hip arthroscopic repair
  • Hip arthroscopic repair plus correction of CAM/Pincer (FAI) deformity
  • Minimally invasive open labral repair
  • Surgical hip dislocation and labral repair
  • Periacetabular Osteotomy
  • Labral reconstruction

Femoroacetabular impingement (hip impingement) 

Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a condition which arises when extra bone develops along one or both of the bones that form the hip joint. As they do not fit together perfectly, the bones may rub against each other during movement. This can cause damage to the joint over time, leading to discomfort and pain. 

Symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness and restricted hip movement (eg sitting cross legged)
  • Limping
  • Clicking/catching

Treatment for FAI will vary based on the severity of the condition. At Victorian Bone & Joint, we offer non-surgical and surgical treatment options. 

Hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia occurs when the hip socket is shallow, meaning the ball cannot fit firmly into the socket. This can lead to instability and put increased stress on the edges of the joint, resulting in discomfort and early arthritis. 

This can be painful, or it can be asymptomatic, depending. Pain can come about from inflammation in the hip and degenerative changes. Pain experienced may be in the groin or over the lateral hip, and typically worsens with activity.  

Many patients do not realise that they have had hip dysplasia until later in life when their hip wears out, whereas others, typically younger patients with hip functional demands, may have symptoms earlier in life.  

Symptoms include:

  • Locking
  • Catching
  • Hip pain
  • Limping
  • Snapping hip

Treatments include:

  • Periacetabular osteotomy (PAO)
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Hip replacement

The surgeons at Victorian Bone and Joint are experts in Hip Dysplasia, and have successfully treated hundreds of patients with hip problems related to hip dysplasia, and related conditions. 

Hip dysplasia affecting both hips – the left hip shows reduced femoral coverage as indicated by the blue lines

Should I have hip replacement surgery?

Without a well functioning hip joint, you may experience pain that can impact your everyday life. This pain can vary from mildly uncomfortable to quite unbearable. Hip surgery or a hip replacement can help to restore movement and health to the joint, allowing you to enjoy activities and movement without concern. AtVictorian Bone & Joint, we provide sound medical advice and surgical options to ensure that you get the best level of care for your condition. 

Hip replacement depends upon the degree of symptoms you are experiencing, the underlying pathology, your medical status and your functional expectations.  Hip replacements are highly effective at removing pain associated with hip arthritis and degenerative conditions.  

Hip replacements can be performed via an anterior approach, and minimally invasive techniques, which means less down time, and a quicker recovery.  Similarly, modern hip replacements should last 20+yrs, and therefore, depending upon your age, are likely a highly successful and long lasting solution to your hip pain.

Speak to our hip orthopaedic surgeons in Melbourne and book an appointment today.