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Oelwein, IA
A 33-year-old female asked:

Does trochanteric bursitis of the hips ever lead to a replacement of the joint?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. F. Stuart Leeds
27 years experience
No.: Trochanteric bursitis is inflammation of the bursal sac, which is "on top of" rather than inside the joint. There is no role or need for joint replacement in this condition. It can generally be treated with activity modifications, ice and/or heat (try alternating, 20 mins at a time), anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and steroid injections. These should 1st be discussed with your md/do.
Dr. Charles Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 44 years experience
No: Greater trochanter bursitis is outside of the hip joint or socket where arthritis occurs which generally is what hip replacements are performed for.

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