About Pelvic Reconstruction
The injured pelvis may require fixation ranging from pins and screws to a complex mesh or custom built implants. This procedure is designed to reduce pain and provide pelvic stability often restoring a patient to mobility, optimal gait and a reduction of your pain. Our physicians will make an evaluation of your pelvis and will design a treatment that best suits your condition.
What is the pelvis?
The pelvis is a basin-shaped structure that supports the spinal column and protects the abdominal organs. It contains the following:
Sacrum. A spade-shaped bone that is formed by the fusion of 5 originally separate sacral vertebrae.
Coccyx (also called the tail bone). Formed by the fusion of 4 originally separated coccygeal bones.
Three hip bones. These include the following:
Ilium. The broad, flaring portion of the hip bone (the crest of the pelvis).
Pubis. The lower, posterior part of the hip bone.
Ischium. One of the bones that helps form the hip.
Common pelvis problems
Two of the more common pelvic problems include the following:
Pelvic fractures. A pelvic fracture requires considerable force. Although the fracture itself can heal on its own, pelvic fractures usually are accompanied by damage to abdominal organs that require surgery.
Most pelvic fractures are caused by direct blows or by a blow through the thighbone (femur). Pelvic fractures are often the result of motor vehicle accidents, especially motorcycle accidents.
Osteitis pubis. Osteitis pubis is an inflammation of the pubic symphysis, the slightly moveable joint of the front of the pelvis. Characterized by pain in the groin and tenderness over the front of the pelvis, this condition often is caused by repeated pelvis stress, such as kicking the ball in soccer. Rest usually heals the condition.
Jill Erickson has worked with our Adult Reconstruction Surgeons since 1999, and with Christopher Peters, M.D. exclusively since 2003, with Joint Replacements as well as Hip Preservation procedures. She is an integral member of our University of Utah Center for Hip & Knee Reconstruction team and coordinates our research, surgical and clinical ou... Read More
Adult Reconstruction, Femoroacetabular Impingement, Hip Arthroscopy, Hip Dysplasia, Hip Preservation, Hip Replacement, Joint Replacement, Knee Replacement, Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Periacetabular Osteotomy, Physician Assistant, Surgical Dislocation
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Dr. Gililland specializes in adult reconstructive orthopedic surgery of the hip and knee. He performs routine and complex primary and revision joint replacement operations. Additionally, his focuses include partial knee replacement and direct anterior total hip arthroplasty. He considers himself very fortunate to have a profession that he is passi... Read More
Erik Kubiak, MD is an Associate Professor in The Department of Orthopaedics. As an Orthopaedic Trauma and Adult Reconstruction surgeon, Dr. Kubiak's clinical interests include treatment and reconstruction of pelvic trauma and high-energy articular injuries involving the tibia, femur, elbow, and shoulder. As part of the Adult Reconstruction service... Read More
Dr. Pelt specializes in hip replacement and revision, and knee replacement and revision. Minimally invasive joint replacement, partial knee replacement (unicompartmental, patellofemoral), cruciate preserving knee replacement, and direct anterior hip replacement are all aspects of his practice. Dr. Pelt is an Assistant Professor in the Department o... Read More
Adult Reconstruction, Direct Anterior Hip Replacement, Hip Dysplasia, Hip Instability, Hip Replacement, Hip Revision, Joint Infection, Joint Replacement, Knee Replacement, Knee Revision, Labral Tear, Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Oxford Partial Knee Replacement, Patello-Femoral Arthroplasty (PFA), Uni-Compartmental Knee Arthroplasty, Unicompartmental Knee Replacement
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Dr. Chris Peters, Professor, specializes in adult reconstructive orthopaedic surgery of the hip and knee. He performs routine and complex joint replacements and bioregenerative hip preserving operations. One of his specialties includes the treatment of hip pain in young adults from acetabular dysplasia and/or femoro-acetabular impingement with pelv... Read More
Adult Reconstruction, Femoroacetabular Impingement, Hip Dysplasia, Hip Preservation, Hip Replacement, Hip Revision, Joint Replacement, Knee Replacement, Labral Tear, Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Periacetabular Osteotomy, Surgical Dislocation, Uni-Compartmental Knee Arthroplasty
|University Orthopaedic Center||(801) 587-7109|