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Hip pain, everything from simple joint stiffness to sharp, debilitating pain, can result in limping or the inability to walk, work, exercise or even sleep. This pain can be caused by various conditions including arthritis, osteonecrosis, metastic bone disease, hip and pelvic fractures, dislocation, or other injuries. In addition, hip pain can sometimes also lead to knee and back problems. Whatever the cause of your pain, the hip specialists at Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine can help effectively treat or prevent it. All are sought after speakers for expert advice and commentary in regional news media throughout the NYC, Bergen County and Essex County area.

Obviously, treatment options vary depending on severity and type of injury. Our experts provide everything from non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy, steroid or other injections, to partial and total hip replacements and cartilage restoration.

High profile professional organizations, such as Major League Soccer, to local high schools and regional colleges and universities rely on our experienced team of hip specialists to treat their team members.


Thomas K. John, MD
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Michael T. Benke, MD
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Sports Medicine

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Hip Arthroscopy

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Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that can repair damages or injury to the hip joint through the use of tiny incisions and camera guidance. This procedure is preferred over traditional open hip surgery because of its safer techniques and shorter recovery time.

We have several physicians who are proficient in advanced arthroscopic procedures, including. Dr. Oscar Vazquez, who received specialized training in hip arthroscopy, and Dr. Michael Benke, who has completed advanced training in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy and was nominated as one of the American Orthopaedic Association’s Emerging Leaders.

When This Procedure Is Used

This procedure can often be used to postpone or eliminate the need for hip replacement surgery, and is most commonly performed in younger patients. Hip arthroscopy can be used to treat a wide range of hip conditions, including:

• Repair a labral tear
• Remove loose bodies in the hip
• Early degenerative arthritis
• Cartilage defects
• Impingement

Hip Replacement

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Hip replacement is a surgical procedure that removes a painful, damaged hip joint and replaces it with an artificial prosthetic to relieve symptoms and restore movement to the joint. Dr. Thomas John is a premier specialist in primary, complex, and revision total knee and hip replacement surgery with a special interest in minimally invasive techniques, direct anterior and posterior hip replacement, robotic and computer assisted surgery.

Treatment Options

There are several different options available for performing this procedure. Your doctor will decide which option is best for you depending on your age, overall health, and the severity of your condition. Many hip replacement procedures can be performed through a few small incisions to help minimize scarring and shorten the recovery time after surgery.

During hip replacement surgery, you will receive anesthesia to help minimize discomfort before removing the damaged cartilage and bone from the joint. The artificial replacement, made from metal, plastic or ceramic, is then positioned into the joint to help restore movement. The hip joint consists of a ball and socket, which are both replaced and then cemented into the joint.

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AAOS Online Service Fact Sheet – Total Hip Replacement

When This Procedure Is Used

Hip replacement may be used to treat arthritis and other degenerative conditions after nonsurgical treatments have failed. As these conditions progress, the cartilage covering the joint continues to wear away, causing symptoms to worsen so that the bone ends eventually rub together. This may cause severe pain, stiffness and a loss of motion for patients. Hip replacement is considered a final solution for patients who have been unsuccessful when using other forms of treatment.

Hip Injections

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What to Expect with Hip Injections

Hip injections are a fast, temporary treatment for chronic hip pain commonly used by patients who are seeking immediate relief and do not want to undergo surgery. These time-released injections contain cortisone along with an anesthetic numbing agent to minimize patient discomfort and relieve pain and inflammation. Success has also been reported for Hyalgan (Synvisc) injections in the hip. This is an injection of a lubricant that can provide symptom relief in up to 80% of patients for up to 2 years.

When This Procedure Is Used

Hip injections can be beneficial for patients suffering from pain and stiffness throughout the hips, legs, buttocks and lower back as a result of arthritis, bursitis, injury or other painful conditions.

These injections can be repeated as needed, as they provide temporary relief and are often used to postpone hip replacement surgery. Hip injections can also be used to diagnose the source of hip pain, as the relief of pain from these injections may indicate that the hip is the source of the pain.


Cartilage Restoration

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Cartilage restoration is a surgical procedure to stimulate the growth of new cartilage to relieve pain and restore function. Some of the breakthrough cartilage restoration techniques we special in are Drilling and Abrasion Arthropasty, Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation, and Osteochonral Autograft Transplantation. In many cases, these procedures can delay or prevent the onset of arthritis.