Hip Arthroscopy

Hip Arthroscopy in Rockford & Algonquin with Dr. Van Thiel

Reduce Hip PainDr. Van Thiel is a nationally recognized expert in the field of hip arthroscopy having performed hundreds of procedures on patients from recreational to high level athletes. He serves as a team physician in the Chicago Blackhawks Medical Network as well as with the US National Soccer Teams. He continues to speak and teach internationally on surgical techniques in hip arthroscopy and the treatment of hip pain. As an Assistant Professor at Rush University Medical Center he believes in cutting edge research and has published many articles and book chapters on techniques in hip arthroscopy.

Under the direction of Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip arthroscopy, the Hip Arthroscopy Center involves a comprehensive panel of specialists in the areas of non-operative hip care, physical therapy, and arthroscopic surgical management. This skilled focus enables accurate diagnosis of hip pain while providing a multi-specialty approach to patient care resulting in the best cutting edge treatment available. Whether the hip condition requires conservative care or an arthroscopic surgical procedure, the Hip Arthroscopy Center offers specialized care to return patients to a more comfortable and active lifestyle.

Hip Arthoscopy Specialization Matters

The management of patients with hip pain requires complex decision making and innovative treatment from a team of nurses, surgeons, and therapists. Multiple studies demonstrate a significant learning curve for hip arthroscopy with more experienced surgeons having shorter operative times, fewer complications, and better results. The Hip Arthroscopy Center has a dedicated team, led by Dr. Van Thiel, who has performed hundreds of hip arthroscopy procedures and is committed to getting you back to your lifestyle.

Is Hip Arthroscopy for you?

Hip arthroscopy is an excellent option for patients with labral tears, impingement, gluteus medius tears, bursitis, among other hip conditions. However, the initial treatment of hip pain does not always require surgery. For active people with hip problems, a course of rest, physical therapy, medication, and possibly injections may relieve the discomfort and can provide a full return to all activities.

How do you know if you have a hip problem?

A combination of physical and diagnostic exams are used to determine if a patient is suitable for hip arthroscopy. Pain in the groin or on the outside of the hip are “classic” locations for pain due to a hip issue. Longstanding pain may also be a sign that something is wrong. Advanced imaging such as xray, MRI and CT scans provide important information that helps formulate a specific diagnosis. The good news for patients that choose to undergo hip arthroscopy is that studies have shown that 85-90% of hip arthroscopy patients return to sports and other physical activities at the level they were at before their onset of hip pain and disability.

Dr. Van Thiel treats patients from all over Wisconsin and Illinois including Rockford, Elgin, Huntley, Dekalb, Crystal Lake, Barrington, McHenry, Beloit and Algonquin.

What others are saying:

Dr. Van Thiel is both compassionate and an excellent surgeon. He got me back to doing triathlons even after my hip pain had been preventing it for years.Ginny, 36 year old triathlete

I could barely rotate my hip prior to surgery. This made things like running, lifting and even putting on socks difficult. My hip arthroscopy improved my motion and decreased my pain. Thanks for my life back – Garret

I was told that I didn’t need a hip replacement and there was nothing else that could be done for my hip pain. I am sure glad I found Dr. Van Thiel. My surgical procedure improved my quality of life.Kim


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Life changing patient stories

Read about Jack a multi-sport athlete, who suffered from a multi-ligament tear in his knee. Read about Abigail who fell and tore her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). Life changing stories of patients healed by Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel.

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