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At The Hip Preservation Unit we will provide you with a clear understanding of your hip problem and will discuss all the different treatment alternatives that may be necessary to give you the best outcomes from hip joint surgery before arthritis has developed.

Leading orthopaedic consultants

The Hip Preservation Unit is led by the internationally renowned orthopaedic consultants Mr Johan Witt and Mr Marcus Bankes.

They have extensive experience of the very latest hip joint preservation techniques and surgery. They also have well established units at two major London teaching hospitals (University College London Hospitals and Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital) where they treat a large number of patients from across the UK.

They are involved in publishing research on the very latest innovations in hip preservation and are invited to speak at national and international meetings, as well as teaching these techniques to surgeons in the UK and abroad.

Expert support Teams

You will receive the very best possible care during and after your procedure from specialised support teams, including nurses and physiotherapists with dedicated experience of looking after patients undergoing the various types of hip preservation surgeries. 

You will also have access to a full range of facilities to help with the diagnosis and rehabilitation of your condition that includes a hydrotherapy pool and gym on the same floor as the inpatient ward, and a state-of-the-art imaging department.

Treating hip pain

There are a number of conditions affecting the hip joint that can lead to pain. Most people recognize that osteoarthritis (degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone) affecting the hip joint is quite common and are familiar with the concept of hip replacement surgery to relieve the pain and improve function.

However, there are other conditions affecting the hip that can be painful, particularly in younger patients. It is important that these conditions are recognised early, as some may progress to cause damage to the hip joint and lead to the development of osteoarthritis and possibly a hip replacement.

Common causes of hip pain can include:

  • An abnormal impingement-type problem of the hip, where the joints don't fit together correctly and the hip bones rub against each other and cause damage (femoroacetabular impingement -  FAI)
  • A shallow hip socket (acetabular dysplasia)

These types of conditions are often responsive to preservation treatments, which can reduce pain and the chance of the hip joint developing further damage.

Treatment options at The Hip Preservation unit

There are different technique and treatment options that can be offered, which can include:

Hip Arthroscopy

Hip Arthro​scopy is a minimally invasive way of being able to undertake surgery within the hip joint using only small incisions over the outside of the hip.


Periacetabular osteotomy is a technique whereby the acetabulum (hip socket) is re-positioned to address certain abnormalities of the hip. This is a more significant undertaking, but can also be performed in a minimally invasive fashion.


Femoroacetabular impingement can be treated using preventive measures to stop the underlying structural abnormalities in the hip joint causing osteoarthritis. There are several surgical treatment options that can reduce symptoms, depending on the source of the pain.

contact the hip preservation unit now

For more information about The Hip Preservation Unit and the treatment options available, or to book a consultation, complete the confidential enquiry form or call the team  on +44 (0) 20 7616 7719.

Main switchboard: +44 (0) 207 935 4444

Treatment enquiries: +44 (0) 207 616 7693Consultant appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7693 Prices for self funding patients: +44 (0) 203 219 3315Physiotherapy appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7651X-ray and scan appointments: +44 (0) 207 616 7653Invoice and payment enquiries: +44 (0) 207 616 7708

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