Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Hip Pain are Focus at 2009 International Society for Hip Arthroscopy Meeting Hosted by Hospital for Special Surgery

Difficulties in diagnosing hip pain affect professional athletes and everyday active people alike

NEW YORK—September 25, 2009 

Recent advances in diagnostic imaging techniques and hip arthroscopy procedures are giving physicians and surgeons better tools with which to treat hip pain. The 2009 International Society for Hip Arthroscopy meeting, hosted by Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, brings together leading surgeons from all over the world to take an in-depth look at hip arthroscopy and its potential benefits.

"This inaugural meeting by the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy will concentrate on the rapidly changing field of arthroscopic hip surgery," said Robert Buly, M.D., attending orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and course director of the ISHA meeting. "Presentations will be focused on the current research and outcomes data associated with both common and new procedures."

Hip arthroscopy, a minimally invasive treatment option, is an alternative for some patients over open, invasive surgery. Through a few tiny incisions, doctors are able to insert tools to trim bone or repair cartilage. Previously, surgeons only had the option of opening up the entire hip with a large incision and dislocating the hip to access the joint. This procedure can be used to treat patients with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), also known as hip impingement, where there is a change in the bony form of the hip joint causing a decreased range of motion and pain, damage to the cartilage within the hip joint, such as labral tears, and other conditions.

It is not uncommon for hip pain due to hip impingement or labral tears to be misdiagnosed. The difficulty in diagnosing the underlying causes of hip pain doesn't affect only professional athletes like Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Delgado or Mike Lowell, who have been in the news for their injuries and subsequent treatment, but week-end warriors and everyday active individuals as well. Hospital for Special Surgery's Center for Hip Preservation uses the latest imaging technology and arthroscopic techniques to provide those experiencing hip pain with proper diagnosis and treatment.

Research highlights include outcomes data presented by Special Surgery's Dr. Buly and Bryan Kelly, M.D., co-director of the Center for Hip Preservation at Hospital for Special Surgery and a study by Marc Philippon, M.D., of the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation in Colorado, on how to assess the ability of a patient to return to sports after arthroscopy. Two imaging advances, one on techniques that allow greater visibility into the hip joint and a second on a method that may identify the earliest onset of arthritis will be presented, as well as a British study on siblings that addresses the genetics underlying hip impingement.

The meeting will take place in New York on October 9 and 10, 2009 at the Roosevelt Hotel on Madison Avenue and 45th Street.

See the full program of the 2009 International Society for Hip Arthroscopy meeting. Learn more about Hospital for Special Surgery's Center for Hip Preservation.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 2 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology and No. 24 in neurology by U.S.News & World Report (2009), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. In 2008 and 2007, HSS was a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.

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