Until recently, many patients endured chronic hip pain because there were no practical treatment options. Often these patients were told they had “early arthritis” or they were misdiagnosed with sciatica or groin pulls. Most were offered no solution.
A small number of surgeons around the country – including one at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital – have pioneered a new arthroscopic procedure for the hip, which has made it much easier to repair these injuries with minimal recovery time.
Dr. Benjamin Domb, who specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy, is treating active patients with hip injuries using the same arthroscopic procedure these professional athletes received. Domb, considered one of Chicago’s leading experts in hip arthroscopy, refined his technique while training with Dr. Marc Philippon – the same surgeon who treated Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and New York Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez .
As the creator of a multi-center international fellowship dedicated to hip arthroscopy, Domb has also served as the assistant team physician for professional sports teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers. He takes pride in offering each of his patients the same cutting edge treatments that are available for professional athletes.
Arthroscopy can be used to treat a variety of hip conditions, including labral tears, hip impingement, articular cartilage injuries, and the removal of loose bodies in the joint. Eventually, all of these conditions can lead to arthritis and the need for hip replacement. However, the minimally invasive hip procedure gives patients the pain relief they need with tiny scars and minimal postoperative pain. Patients are released from the hospital the same day they undergo surgery so they can begin their recovery process and return to their usual activities.
The incisions are typically the width of a straw tip. Through these tiny holes, Domb inspects the joint to find the source of the pain using a camera called the arthroscope. He then uses specialized instruments to shave, trim, cut, stitch or smooth the damaged areas.
“These medical breakthroughs represent new opportunities for athletes of all ages,” Domb said. “Now athletes can receive treatment for major hip injuries and return to playing the sports they love.”