Our Specialties

Hip Center of Louisiana

Memorial Medical Group has been at the forefront of orthpaedics and sports medicine in southwest Louisiana. The Hip Center of Louisiana, under the direction of Orthopaedic Surgeons Drs. Nathan Cohen, Brett Cascio, Thomas Axelrad and Robert Duarte, offers expertise to patients suffering from hip and groin pain. Historically, healthy, active adults with chronic hip or pelvic pain — who were not candidates for hip replacement surgery — had to endure their pain because no practical treatment options existed. Fortunately, the Hip Center of Louisiana has physicians who are pioneering arthroscopic and reconstructive procedures making it much easier to treat hip injuries and other hip conditions with minimal recovery time.

Physicians are board certified or eligible by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and have received sub-specialty fellowship training in hip reconstructive surgery. Treatment options encompass hip reconstructive surgery and replacement, arthritis surgery, and arthroscopic treatment. In addition, the latest non-operative treatments are utilized including oral medications, injections, and physical therapy to avoid surgical intervention or to supplement surgical outcomes whenever possible.

Non-Surgical Treatment

Many hip problems may be treatable without surgery. The Hip Center of Louisiana maintains a philosophy that surgery should be reserved as a last resort when all other measures have proven unsuccessful in returning patients to an active lifestyle. Fortunately, in some cases, there are non-surgical treatment options such as exercise and weight management, physical therapy and injections to help reduce hip pain.

PRP- Platelet-rich Plasma and BMAC-Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate

PRP or Platelet-rich Plasma and BMAC (Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate) are emerging treatments in a new health sector known as "Orthobiologics,” which follows the philosophy of merging new technology with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The Hip Center of Louisiana is leading the way with this specialized process. PRP contains growth factors from the patient's own blood and is injected into the site of inflammation stimulating the healing process, decreasing pain and sometimes providing an alternative to surgery or to other types of injections. For patients suffering from osteonecrosis of the hip, core decompression combined with injection of BMAC, has the potential to prolong the need for a hip replacement in young, active patients.

Adult Stem Cell Hip Surgery

Safety of autologous bone marrow aspiration concentrate transplantation

Treatment of osteonecrosis with autologous bone marrow grafting

Treatment of osteonecrosis of the femoral head with implantation of autologous bone-marrow cells