Hip Services

The hip is involved in nearly all bodily movement. The hip specialists at Iowa Ortho are experienced in diagnosing and treating people that suffer from hip pain. Our treatment goal is your comfort—our priority is your trust.

The hip is a ball and socket joint and is located where the thigh bone (femur) meets the pelvic bone. Inside the hip joint is cartilage, the tough but flexible substance that lines the ends of joints. The hip joint resides inside a capsule containing lubricating fluid, which helps the hip move smoothly. Ligaments keep the ball of the joint from slipping out of the socket. Hip disorders can affect any of these parts of the hip anatomy.

Hip pain can present as a result of injury, arthritis, fracture, labrum tear, muscle strain, and more. Medical imaging such as x-ray and MRI can determine the severity of the problem and provide guidance to your physician for next steps.

Total and partial hip replacements (or hip arthroplasty) are a common and successfully surgery for people suffering from hip pain due to arthritis. The procedure includes removing the arthritic components of the hip joint and replacing the area with an artificial joint made out of metal and plastic. Hip replacements are performed when pain cannot be managed through conservative treatment options. Each patient case is different and we will work with you to determine the best plan of care for your injury and lifestyle.

Conditions We Treat

  • Hip arthritis
  • Hip bursitis
  • Hip dislocation
  • Hip fracture
  • Hip pain
  • Work injuries

Non-Surgical Procedures

  • Regenerative orthopedics
  • Fluoroscopic guided hip injection
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Cortisone injections

Surgical Procedures

  • Hip replacement – Direct anterior approach
  • Hip replacement – Direct superior approach
  • Hip replacement – Mini-posterior approach
  • Partial hip replacement
  • Total hip replacement
  • Revision procedures

Patient Resources

Considerations for hip/knee replacement surgery – https://hipknee.aahks.org/do-i-need-a-joint-replacement/

Information on opioid use prior to hip and knee surgery – https://www.iowaortho.com/content/uploads/2019/06/Opioid-Use-Prior-to-Joint-Replacement.pdf

Iowa Ortho hospital affiliates, MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and Pella Regional Health Center, recognized as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Joint Replacement by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Learn more about what this means for your care here.

If you have a question regarding our hip services, or do not see your injury or condition listed, call us today at

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Hip and knee surgeon, Dr. Mark Matthes, shares information about anti-inflammatory medications that can help with relieving joint pain.

Hip and knee surgeon, Dr. Mark Matthes, shares insights as to why your artificial joint may make a clicking and/or popping noise following joint replacement surgery.

Success Story

After dealing with a throbbing hip pain, long-distance runner Dr. Andres decided it was time to visit Iowa Ortho. Dr. Craig Mahoney suggested a treatment option called the mini-posterior approach, and now Dr. Andres is back to his active lifestyle.

- Dr. Andres
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