Lake Charles Memorial has been at the forefront of
sports medicine in southwest Louisiana. The Hip Center of Louisiana, under the direction
of Orthopaedic Surgeons Drs.
Thomas Axelrad and
Robert Duarte offers expertise to patients suffering from hip and groin pain. Historically,
healthy, active adults with chronic hip or pelvic pain — who were
not candidates for hip replacement surgery — had to endure their
pain because no practical treatment options existed. Fortunately, the
Hip Center of Louisiana has physicians who are pioneering arthroscopic
and reconstructive procedures making it much easier to treat hip injuries
and other hip conditions with minimal recovery time.
Physicians are board certified or eligible by the American Board of Orthopaedic
Surgery and have received sub-specialty fellowship training in hip reconstructive
surgery. Treatment options encompass hip reconstructive surgery and replacement,
arthritis surgery, and arthroscopic treatment. In addition, the latest
non-operative treatments are utilized including oral medications, injections,
and physical therapy to avoid surgical intervention or to supplement surgical
outcomes whenever possible.
Many hip problems may be treatable without surgery. The Hip Center of Louisiana
maintains a philosophy that surgery should be reserved as a last resort
when all other measures have proven unsuccessful in returning patients
to an active lifestyle. Fortunately, in some cases, there are non-surgical
treatment options such as exercise and weight management, physical therapy
and injections to help reduce hip pain. Emerging treatments in a new health
sector known as "Orthobiologics,” follows the philosophy of
merging new technology with the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
- Stem Cells: Cutting edge medicine, such as stem cells, is used to aid in
healing instead of surgery, in come cases, and sometimes to help surgery
- Platelet-rich Plasma and BMAC Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate: PRP contains
growth factors from the patient's own blood and is injected into the
site of inflammation stimulating the healing process, decreasing pain
and sometimes providing an alternative to surgery or to other types of
injections. For patients suffering from osteonecrosis of the hip, core
decompression combined with injection of BMAC, has the potential to prolong
the need for a hip replacement in young, active patients.
Hip arthroscopy is far less invasive than traditional “open”
forms of hip surgery, and it offers a unique opportunity to preserve the
hip and return to exercise, sports, work and the other activities. Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Brett Cascio, co-founder of the Hip Center of Louisiana, is leading the way in the
cutting edge area of orthopaedic surgery.
Pelvic osteotomey is an extremely specialized procedure for young adults
with hip dysplasia too severe to be helped by hip arthroscopy. Pelvic
osteotomy was previously unavailable in Lake Charles. Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Thomas Axelrad, co-founder of the Hip Center of Louisiana, is specially trained in this
complex procedure that may allow young adults to delay or avoid total
A combination of pain-decreasing techniques and medications are used after
surgery is to infiltrate the tissues around the hip or knee replacement.
This combination of medications has resulted in decreased pain for patients.
In some cases, medication is injected separately into the tissues surrounding
the knee or hip during surgery and its effects are much longer-lasting.
Hip joint replacement surgery is one of the most successful treatments
for disabling hip arthritis, as it can help to relieve pain and increase
motion. Since its inception nearly 40 years ago, there have been tremendous
advances made in the procedure. Orthopaedic surgeons
Dr. Nathan Cohen and
Dr. Thomas Axelrad, co-founders of the Hip Center of Louisiana, comprise the total joint
team performing these procedures using ultra-modern technology and minimal-incision
techniques. In addition, new technology such as gender-specific or customized
implants can be used in conjunction with MRIs or CT scans prior to replacement,
allowing greater customization of “fit to the patient” which
lessens surgical steps, operative time, blood loss and pain after the
operation. Techniques such as the "anterior" total hip replacement
may allow you to go walk the same day and go home the day after hip replacement.
A broken or fractured hip is a common injury and often may require surgery.
The physicians at the Hip Center of Louisiana will do a thorough evaluation
to determine if an operation is needed based on what bone is broken, where
it is broken and whether the break is at risk (for staying where it is)
once the bone fragments have been aligned. Studies show that outcomes
depend on how quickly the hip fracture is fixed. Hip Center of Louisiana
physicians are dedicated to addressing hip fractures as soon as possible,
sometimes within hours of patients presenting to the Emergency Room.
Our recognized experts are sought out for their medical and technical knowledge,
lecturing and teaching surgical techniques to physicians both home and abroad.
Close, ongoing collaboration between physician and therapist allows the
Hip Center of Louisiana to provide superior continuity of care. Under
the direction of a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation,
rehabilitation offers an individual treatment plan to achieve personal
goals, restore physical, social and vocational function. Quality healthcare
is about teamwork. Active members of the team include the patient, family,
physicians and therapists working together to identify your greatest deficits
and then collectively set goals to enable a successful recovery.
Hip Center of Louisiana at Orthopedic Specialists
1717 Oak Park Blvd., 2nd Fl
Lake Charles, LA