Hip Pain Specialist

Chris Boone, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Bellevue, WA

Hip pain is a common problem that’s often caused by osteoarthritis, traumatic injuries, and inflammatory problems like bursitis. Dr. Christopher R. Boone has devoted many years to helping patients overcome their hip pain, always focusing on preserving the hip and maintaining its health with conservative therapies, while also providing expertise in surgical repair and robot-assisted hip replacement. Early treatment for hip pain helps keep your hip healthy longer. Schedule an appointment by calling the office in Bellevue, Washington, or using the online booking tool.

Hip Pain Q & A

What commonly causes hip pain?

Hip pain develops for numerous reasons, from muscle strains to damaged bones. Some of the most common causes of hip pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bursitis
  • Hip dislocation
  • Labral tears
  • Femoroacetabular impingement
  • Fractures due to trauma and stress

When your hip pain is due to a sports-related injury, Dr. Boone can help you develop a training program to prevent hip injuries.


When might I need hip arthroscopy?

Hip arthroscopy, often called a hip scope, is a minimally invasive procedure performed to examine your hip joint, diagnose the reason for your hip pain, and repair the problem.

During this procedure, Dr. Boone inserts a long, narrow arthroscope through a small incision. The scope is equipped with lighting and a video camera that sends a magnified image from inside your hip to a monitor.

After examining the tissues inside the joint, Dr. Boone makes a diagnosis, then inserts surgical tools through other small incisions to treat the problem.

Dr. Boone may recommend hip arthroscopy when your hip pain persists despite nonsurgical treatment. A few of the problems that frequently require a hip scope include femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), dysplasia, and labral tears.


What is hip preservation?

Hip preservation refers to any treatment designed to maintain a healthy hip joint, prevent arthritis, and delay hip replacement surgery. Prolonging the life of your hip begins with nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy, activity modification, weight loss and injections to relieve inflammation and promote healing.

Preservation options also include arthroscopic procedures to repair injuries, treat femoroacetabular impingement and labral tears, and remove loose fragments of cartilage from inside the hip joint. In rare circumstances, Dr. Boone performs a periacetabular osteotomy or PAO to rearrange the hip socket to look more like a normal socket.


When might I need a total hip replacement?

Dr. Boone may recommend a total hip replacement when advanced hip arthritis has caused extensive joint damage, and nonsurgical treatments can’t relieve your pain or improve your mobility.

When Dr. Boone performs a hip replacement, he uses two advanced robot-assisted devices that allow more precise removal of damaged tissue. The systems — Stryker Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology and Smith & Nephew NAVIO™ Surgical System — create individualized 3D images of the structures inside your hip joint.

Dr. Boone uses your customized image to plan your surgery, then controls the Mako robotic arm or uses the handheld NAVIO device to prepare the joint and implant the hip prosthesis. With the robotic feedback, he can preserve more healthy tissues and precisely place the prosthesis within the joint.

If you develop hip pain, don’t wait to seek treatment that can preserve your hip and alleviate the pain. Call Dr. Christopher R. Boone or book an appointment online.