Boca Raton Regional Hospital Offers Gluteus Maximus Transfer to Fix Hips

Procedure restores hip function using muscle from buttocks

If you’ve lived with chronic pain in your hip, and you’ve resorted to replacement surgery, but you still feel there’s a problem, Boca Raton Regional Hospital orthopedic surgeon Charles Toman, MD, may have a solution: the Gluteus Maximus Transfer.

This innovative procedure divides and reroutes muscle from the gluteus maximus — the buttocks — to replicate function of the medius and minimus hip abductors that are torn beyond repair. Similar to a torn rotator cuff, the actual tear may have occurred years ago. The patient is unaware of the injury and continues to compensate and function until there is significant, debilitating pain.

For those patients with chronic tears, says Dr. Toman, a hip replacement is not the answer. “A lot of time people think, ‘I must need a hip replacement.’ That’s a fallacy,” he explains. “If you replace the hip and the tendons are still torn, then you still have the same problem.”

The Gluteus Maximus Transfer is usually overlooked as an option, however, because X-rays are more commonly ordered than MRIs. While an X-ray may call for a new hip, it’s the MRI that can reveal evidence of atrophy and chronic tearing — the probable causes of pain.

“Ideally when your hip abductors tear, you repair them quickly, the muscles do not atrophy and the tendons heal,” says Dr. Toman. “But since these injuries often go undiagnosed, the tendons stay detached, the muscles atrophy and they do not come back, even if you repair them. That’s where the Gluteus Maximus Transfer comes into play.”

Dr. Toman has been performing the procedure for about two years. He considers it a natural progression from his specialized experience in sports medicine, drawing upon his skill set in arthroscopy and years of treating injuries to the hips and shoulders.

The Gluteus Maximus Transfer is usually a last resort and is recommended for patients with chronic, degenerative issues or complications from other surgeries. The procedure is performed at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

“My patients are people who have lived with hip problems for a long time, the condition has been overlooked and the patients have struggled,” says Dr. Toman. “The goal of this procedure is to restore function, decrease pain and improve quality of life.”

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