Announcing the Center for Hip Preservation

Kevin Klingele
Led by department chief Kevin Klingele, MD, the center brings together clinicians from orthopedics, radiology, physical therapy, physical medicine and more.

The new Center for Hip Preservation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers patients an expanded and formalized, comprehensive care approach to hip health issues. In order to offer a broad spectrum of operative and nonoperative care options to preserve and improve the native hip joint, the Center for Hip Preservation brings together clinicians from orthopedics, radiology, physical therapy, healthy weight and nutrition, physical medicine and more.

Together, our hip experts treat more than 100 patients per week for congenital, traumatic, developmental and sports-related conditions such as:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE)
  • Perthes disease or avascular necrosis
  • Tumors
  • Degenerative hip disease
  • Arthritis
  • Snapping hip

Led by Department Chief Kevin Klingele, MD, our orthopedic surgeons offer both classic and innovative surgical techniques, including surgical hip dislocation and pelvic/femoral and periacetabular osteotomies, as well as arthroplasty when preservation of the native hip is not feasible. By utilizing experts in all relevant disciplines, patients have access to gait evaluation, personalized rehabilitation programs, ultrasound-guided therapeutic injections and more.

Clinician-researchers enroll every hip patient into a hospital database dedicated to hip health. The database enrolled more than 1000 patients in 2017 alone, and includes clinical outcome measures as well as quality-of-life indicators. Surgeons at Nationwide Children’s are involved in independent as well as international and multicenter research efforts for Perthes disease, SCFE and other hip conditions.