Your hip and knee joints were designed to last a lifetime, but injuries, excess weight, arthritis and other diseases can cause these joints to ache, hurt and lose mobility and flexibility.

As a result, you may experience pain when climbing stairs, getting up from a chair or even while walking and doing other everyday activities. The pain can range from mildly irritating to incapacitating. It can be treated with medications, injections, physical therapy and, if necessary, total joint replacement.

Patient having his knee examined.

Psychological aspects of ACL recovery

Bryan Vopat, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician at The University of Kansas Health System Sports Medicine and Performance Center, discusses how an ACL injury can affect an athlete psychologically – along with the importance of talking about it.

Learn more about ACL recovery

Common procedures

Common conditions treated

Our adult reconstruction specialists are orthopedists who completed fellowship training in reconstructive procedures with particular emphasis on replacement of hips and knees. These surgeons are part of a dedicated, multidisciplinary team that also includes anesthesiologists and nurses as well as physical and occupational therapists who work together to help you recover.

This team will work with you from your first preoperative assessment visit and throughout your recovery. In addition, you will have access to the full resources of the hospital – specialized imaging technologies, state-of-the-art physical facilities, comprehensive education and recovery support resources – to help you heal as quickly and completely as possible.

Patient and family guides to hip or knee replacement

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Hip and knee replacement

X-ray of hips

Stop ignoring your hip pain

If you have chronic hip pain, Dr. Scott Mullen with the Sports Medicine and Performance Center explains why it may be more serious than you realize. One source of chronic hip pain could be FemoroAcetabular Impingement (FAI), which is abnormal bony bumps that pinch the soft tissue around the hip. It impacts around 70% of athletes in some college sports. When pain medication and physical therapy don’t help, a surgical procedure is a good option.

Learn more about hip surgical procedures