Dr. Drew Burleson of Beacon Orthopaedics provides the insight of a college level athlete and a sub-specialized sports medicine surgeon.
Dr. Drew Burleson is a sub-specialty trained sports medicine surgeon who brings his additional training in hip arthroscopy to South Dayton. Also called a “hip scope” procedure, hip arthroscopy provides patients with a superior alternative to open hip surgery. Traditional open surgery requires a surgeon to make an incision and damage healthy tissue to get to the damaged joint. Hip arthroscopy, on the other hand, allows the surgeon to operate through two small incisions. A camera (scope) is inserted in one of the incisions while a cannula with interchangeable instruments is inserted through the other. The camera displays the inside of the joint on a monitor for the surgeon to accurately fix injuries and chronic conditions without opening up the joint.
At the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Beacon Orthopaedics, where Dr. Burleson performs his hip arthroscopies, families of patients (and often the agents for professional athletes recovering from injuries) can watch the surgery in a viewing room attached to the operating room. This allows Dr. Burleson to speak with the patient’s loved ones during surgery. Another advantage of having an outpatient hip arthroscopy at Beacon Orthopaedics is the brand new Stryker Guardian Pivot table: the first traction table designed for hip scope patients without a center post.
Why Hip Arthroscopy?
Dr. Burleson typically recommends an arthroscopic procedure if more conservative treatments (such as physical therapy or injections) have not provided the desired outcome. If a patient is a good candidate for an arthroscopic procedure, Dr. Burleson typically recommends a scope before turning to open surgery. Since the hip is a ball (femur) and socket (acetabulum) joint, any type of damaged or lost cartilage, bone spurs, or obstructions floating in the joint are often made worse by movement. This can cause discomfort, pain, and stiffness. The socket of the joint is lined by strong cartilage called the “labrum.” Think of it like a gasket protecting the pelvic bone.
Unfortunately, as we age or experience injuries, the labrum can fray or be worn down. Surrounding this joint are ligaments—tight bands of tissue that support the joint. These ligaments can be damaged due to an acute injury or wear and tear over time. The hip joints undertake a lot of impact from our bodies as we stand, walk, run, or compete in high level sports. Fortunately, most conditions or injuries of the joint, labrum, and surrounding ligaments can be solved with an arthroscopic hip procedure.
Common conditions include:
- Labral tears (or other damaged cartilage)
- Bone spurs
- Hip bursitis or synovitis
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
- Floating bodies in the joint
- Snapping hip syndrome or other tendon-related problems
Since Dr. Burleson was a competitive athlete, he understands the emotional and social impact elite athletes face when they are injured. He is able to diagnose and treat patients quickly at Beacon Orthopaedics in South Dayton. With physical therapy and a state-of-the-art x-ray machine on-site, patients can be seen and start the road to recovery quickly. If surgery is required for a hip injury, Dr. Burleson can perform a hip scope at Beacon’s Ambulatory Surgery Center in Sharonville, OH, and schedule follow up appointments at the South Dayton location. With his background, and after years of working with athletes of all levels, it is Dr. Burleson’s goal to help each athlete recover and return to play with a safe and aggressive timeline.
If you are a Dayton area athlete who is suffering from a hip injury, schedule your appointment with Dr. Drew Burleson at Beacon Orthopaedics in South Dayton (Miamisburg) or Cincinnati (Summit Woods). You may also schedule by phone 24/7 at (513) 354-3700.