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20Hip Care
10Hip-Conditions and Injuries
Cartilage Injury
Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
Gluteal Tears
Hamstring Tears
Hip Instability
Deep Gluteal Space Syndrome
Labral Tears
Psoas Impingement (Internal Snapping Hip)
Trochanteric Bursitis
10Hip-Treatment and Surgeries
Gluteal Repair
Labral Debridement
Labral Reconstruction
Labral Repair
Psoas Release
Trochanteric Bursa Debridement
33Knee Care
13Knee Conditions and Injuries
ACL Tear
Cartilage Injury
Discoid Meniscus
Lateral Meniscus Tear
LCL Injury
MCL Injury
Medial Meniscus Tear
Osteochondritis Dessicans
Patellar Instability
Patellofemoral Chondromalacia
Posterolateral Corner Injury
Trochlear Dysplasia
20Knee Treatment and Surgeries
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction
Cartilage Restoration Surgery – Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI-Carticel)
Cartilage Restoration Surgery – Donor Graft
Collagen Meniscal Implant (CMI)
Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Reconstruction
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Reconstruction
Meniscus Repair
Meniscus Root Repair
Meniscal Transplant
Medial Patellofemoral Ligament (MPFL) Reconstruction
Osteochondral Allograft Transfer
Osteochondral Autograft Transfer (OATS)
Partial Knee Replacement (MAKO)
Partial Meniscectomy
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Reconstruction
Posterolateral Corner (PLC) Surgery
Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy
Total Knee Replacement (MAKO)
20Shoulder Care
10Shoulder-Conditions and Injuries
AC Joint Injuries
Biceps Tendon Injuries
Calcific Tendinitis
Clavicle Fractures
Frozen Shoulder
Labral and SLAP Tears
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Shoulder Dislocation/Instability
Subacromial Impingement/Busitis
10Shoulder-Treatment and Surgeries
A-C Joint Stabilization
Biceps Tenodesis
Clavicle Fracture Fixation
Pectoralis Major Repair
Rotator Cuff Repair
Shoulder Instability Surgery – Bankart Repair
Shoulder Instability Surgery – Latarjet Procedure
Subacromial Decompression and Acromioplasty
Superior Capsular Reconstruction
Total Shoulder Replacement


The gluteus medius and gluteus minimus are two of the key muscle-tendon units that support the hip. These muscles originate in the buttock and attach to the greater trochanter, a bony prominence on the side of the thigh. Activation of the gluteal muscles allows one to lift his or her leg to the side (abduct) and extend the hip. Tendonitis or tears of the gluteus medius and/or gluteus minimus can occur after a traumatic injury or with long-term wear and tear.

In those patients who fail non-surgical management, Dr. Welch may recommend surgical intervention. During surgery, Dr. Welch maneuvers a camera and surgical instruments through small incisions adjacent to the peritrochanteric space (space on the outside of the thigh). Dr. Welch identifies the bursa (a fluid-filled sac) over the tendons and removes the bursa, which is usually inflamed. Dr. Welch then identifies the damaged tendon(s) with a camera and then prepares the area on the femur bone (greater trochanter) where the tendon(s) had torn. Next, Dr. Welch implants two or three suture anchors (medical screws with strong sutures) into the greater trochanter. Dr. Welch then passes the sutures connected to the anchors through the damaged tendon(s) and repairs the tendon(s) back down to the normal position on the femur bone with suture knots. The goals of surgery are to restore the normal function and strength of the gluteal tendons and to eliminate pain.

Postoperative Rehabilitation

Following surgery, Dr. Welch recommends a guided physical therapy program with a licensed physical therapist. Early motion following surgery is very important, and Dr. Welch recommends that each patient either use a stationary bike or a continuous passive motion machine daily. Dr. Welch also recommends limited weight bearing and crutch use for 4-6 weeks after surgery. Dr. Welch may also recommend the use of a brace to help protect the hip.