Editors: John C. Clohisy, MD, Paul E. Beaule, MD, Craig J. Della Valle, MD, John C. Callaghan, MD, Aaron G. Rosenberg, MD, and Harry E. Rubash, MD
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer – Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Book Review by: Nano Khilnani

Hip preservation surgery has been around for decades. Still practiced in many countries, some doctors and patients however, opt for hip replacement surgery, sometimes termed endoprosthetic arthroplasty, in the developed (and some developing) countries. Patients, who suffer from painful arthritis due either to mechanical or inflammatory reasons, typically opt for hip replacement surgery.

“Until recently though, the practice (hip preservation surgery) in the mature patient was considered by many to be much more art than science. Analysis of the patient with a mechanical risk was complex. Surgical techniques were demanding. Rehabilitation after realignment osteotomy usually was prolonged. Outcomes often were imperfect,” writes Dr. Michael B. Millis in his Foreword to the book.

But “recognition of the shortcomings of artificial bearing surfaces has been paralleled by greatly increased understanding of the anatomical and mechanical factors that lead to many cases if osteoarthritis of the hip” has led to a resurgent interest in hip preservation surgery, Dr. Millis points out.

He explains further: “As conceptual advances have been made, tremendous progress also has occurred in diagnostic methods, hip-preserving surgical techniques, rehabilitation protocols, and outcomes measures.” These new developments have in recent years, helped doctors and patients choose hip preservation surgery over hip replacements.

This is a notable volume in hip preservation surgery. It is authoritative, written by experts in this specialty, many being professors or orthopedic surgeons. One hundred twenty-one contributors, including the six editors named above,  from the United States and  Austria, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland,  and United Kingdom, authored the  61 chapters of this book laid out in its nine sections, namely:

  1. Background
  2. Patient Evaluation
  3. Overview of Common Hip Disorders
  4. Hip Arthroscopy
  5. Surgical Treatment
  6. General Joint Preservation
  7. Osteonecrosis
  8. Post Traumatic
  9. Other Disorders

With your purchase of the print edition of this text, you can enjoy its bundled interactive eBook edition as well, offering tablet, smartphone and online access to:

  • Complete content with enhanced navigation
  • A powerful search that pulls results from content in the book, your notes, even the web
  • Cross-linked pages, references, and more for easy navigation
  • Highlighting tool for easier reference of key content throughout the text
  • Ability to take and share notes with friends and colleagues
  • Quick reference tabbing to save your favorite content for future use
  • 70 full-length interactive videos that can be viewed in their entirety or in over 100 short segments for quick and simple viewing

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  2. Enter the Access Code found by scratching off the tab on inside front cover of your book
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Many features in the book make it valuable. Just to name a few, they are:

  • Actual, real life photos
  • Clear, well-written text
  • Drawings with clear labeling of anatomical parts
  • Large lists of reference materials for further study
  • Micrographs with detailed captions
  • Systematic presentation of materials in the chapters
  • Tables with comparisons of data

This is an excellent work on hip preservation surgery written by 121 authors including the six editors named below.



John C. Clohisy, MD is the Daniel C. and Betty B. Viehmann Distinguished Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Paul E. Beaule, MD is Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Attending Physician in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at The Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Craig J. Della Villa, MD is Professor and Director of the Adult Reconstructive Fellowship in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

John J. Callaghan, MD is the Lawrence and Marilyn Door Chair and Professor in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Aaron G. Rosenberg, MD is Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois.

Harry E. Rubash, MD is the Edith M. Ashley Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Chief of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston Massachusetts.