How is a Gluteus Medius/Minimus Repair Performed?
If symptoms do not improve, Dr. Padalecki may recommend surgery. This is usually conducted arthroscopically, which is a minimally invasive approach that uses a small camera to assess the injury, and small surgical tools to complete the process. During this procedure, Dr. Padalecki will repair the tendon at the attachment site using sutures that he will embed into the bone. By tying these sutures down tightly, the torn tendon is once again attached to the bone.
In many cases, during arthroscopic repair surgery for the gluteus muscles, the removal of surrounding irritated tissue will also take place. This is known as the greater trochanter bursa. Dr. Padalecki may also conduct an iliotibial band release which helps improve visualization of the normal tendon attachment site and can help decrease pain associated with bursitis.
What Occurs After Gluteus Medius or Minimus Repair?
Immediately following surgery, Dr. Padalecki will prescribe a thorough rehabilitation program. It is important for the patient to complete the rehab process so that a full recovery can be made. Following this surgery, patients are encouraged to avoid full weight bearing on the affected limb for 4 to 6 weeks to allow the body to heal the repair.
For more information on arthroscopic hip surgery, or for additional resources on minimally invasive gluteus medius repair or minimus muscle repair, please contact the Austin, Texas orthopedic office of Dr. Jeff Padalecki, hip surgeon.