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Hip Arthroscopy: Labral Reconstruction Dr. Brian J. White - Dr White

Brian J. White, MD, is a board-certified orthopaedic hip surgeon who focuses solely on the diagnosis and treatment of hip conditions at Western Orthopaedics, P.C., in Denver, Colorado.

Professional Path

My path towards Orthopaedics began as a patient. An injury caused me to miss multiple seasons of varsity sports, but a surgery returned me to my senior year of athletics. This solidified my desire to pursue medicine so I could have the ability and skill to do this for others. This personal experience has been my driving motivation within my training and allows me greater understanding and compassion towards my patients. Through my training at the following institutions, I have established a solid core foundation that has allowed me to specialize in the surgical care of the hip joint.

  • - Washington and Lee University
  • - Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • - NYU/Hospital for Joint Diseases - Orthopaedic Surgical Residency
  • - Steadman/Philippon Research Institute - Fellowship in Sports Medicine
Curriculum Vitae

My sole focus is the hip joint.

By specializing on only one joint, this allows for greater precision with surgery and, in turn, superior outcomes. Care is provided for patients beginning in their adolescence ranging to the advanced stages of life. The main surgical procedures that I perform are hip arthroscopy and total hip replacements. Arthroscopic treatment of hip disorders has evolved dramatically and this less invasive procedure allows me to reshape the ball and the cup to treat femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). The torn labrum is removed. I then reconstruct the labrum or make a new labrum with a graft. The labral reconstruction provides a dramatic improvement in pain and function as the reconstructed labrum restores the normal biomechanics of the native labrum but should never be able to perceive pain. My goal with all patients is to preserve their hip joint. In some situations, the level of arthritis, or erosion of the cartilage of the joint, makes this impossible. In these patients, a total hip replacement is an excellent option for eliminating pain and restoring function.

Labral Reconstruction Leader

All patients who have undergone hip arthroscopy since July of 2009 have been enrolled and followed in a database. These results allow me to objectively follow my patients, evolve my labral reconstruction technique, and contribute academically in the field of hip arthroscopy on a global scale. As an educational and product development consultant for Smith and Nephew, Conmed Linvatec, and Biomet, I teach Orthopaedic surgeons across the country cutting edge techniques in hip arthroscopy and specifically how to perform a labral reconstruction. This is done in laboratory and lecture settings and by observation in my operating room. I am not affiliated with a residency or fellowship program. When you trust your hip to my care, I am the one who performs your surgery. I am passionate about my work and am committed to excellence and providing you with the best possible outcome. My team takes pride in our devotion to our patients and the care we provide for their whole person and not just their hip.

Dr. White, his wife, daughter and son all in a black in white photo smiling together.

My Family

None of what I do would be possible without the love and support of my wife, Hallie. The hours of practice and time in the Operating Room can be at times demanding. However, Hallie balances our life and we are blessed with two wonderful children, Charlie and Anne. As a family, we cherish our time together and love to escape to the mountains and the beach whenever possible. When I am not caring for my patients, I am enjoying my time with my family.

“Thank you so much for developing this procedure so that people like me can keep their lifestyle without having artificial limitations.“