Hip and pelvic surgery

The second-largest joint of the human body is vitally important for pain-free, unhindered movement when playing sport or going about everyday business. For this reason, Balgrist University Hospital has an experienced team to deal with all surgical treatments and procedures on the hip and pelvis.

We perform highly specialized hip and pelvic surgery for:

  • congenital or acquired abnormalities with osteotomies on the pelvis and femur
  • damage caused by excessive stress and sports injuries, with arthroscopic procedures for injuries to cartilage and joint edges caused by impingement
  • the consequences of injuries to the pelvis, hip or thigh
  • erosion on hips (hip arthrosis) using minimally invasive techniques for hip replacement surgery
  • worn-out prosthetic hips, including operations to change prostheses
  • any and all complications arising from hip surgery
  • injuries and/or degenerative diseases of tendons and muscles around the hip

Regular treatment of patients of all ages enables us to provide personalized, comprehensive and effective care.


We are happy to arrange appointments for Monday and Wednesday.

+41 44 386 12 89
+41 44 386 12 90

You can reach us as follows:
Monday to Friday
8 am to 12 noon
1 pm to 5 pm

When does an artificial hip joint have to be inserted? If conventional measures such as anti-inflammatory drugs or physiotherapy have been exhausted, an artificial hip joint may be considered. Implantation is usually performed by means of so-called minimally invasive hip surgery.

Hip arthroscopy allows a view into the interior of the joint and enables minimally invasive correction of bony shape abnormalities. Learn more about the deciding factors in choosing between hip arthroscopy and artificial hip joint as the optimal treatment method.

In most cases, we perform this surgery in combination with other procedures. Typically, it takes place under the same anesthesia but as a second surgical step if the range of motion has not been sufficiently improved by the previous periacetabular pelvic osteotomy or hip arthroscopy.

Periacetabular pelvic osteotomy (correction of acetabular position) is performed to mechanically improve the hip joint. This problem is usually based on hip dysplasia. Symptoms here are pain on the outside of the hip or in the groin, which occurs during everyday life, long walking and standing, jogging or stop-and-go sports. Acetabular hip dysplasia refers to an insufficiently formed or improperly aligned roof of the acetabulum.