Regis Philbin Having Hip Replacement Surgery

Talk show host Regis Philbin, age78, announced Monday that he will be taking of leave of absence from Live with Regis and Kelly to undergo hip replacement surgery. According to Philbin, “I’ve been limping around here; it really is painful.” Philbin’s surgery is scheduled for December 1, and is expected to out at least 6 to 8 weeks.

Hip replacement surgery seems to be a hot topic this week. Earlier today, we posted an blog about Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Recipient Little Richard having surgery on his hip. To read about hip replacement surgery, click here.

The traditional way of doing hip replacement surgery involves a 10-12 inch incision along the side of the hip. The underlying muscles are split or detached to allow exposure of the hip joint. Minimally invasive procedures are now appropriate for some patients. Minimally invasive hip replacement uses special tools inserted into one or two smaller incisions around the hip to do the procedure. There is less cutting into the muscles and other underlying tissues.

The main advantages of minimally invasive hip replacement include:

* less pain
* shorter hospitalization stays
* faster rehabilitation
* less muscle damage
* more cosmetic results

Not ever patient is eligible for this procedure. According to the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons,candidates for minimal incision procedures are typically thinner,younger, healthier, and more motivated to have a quick recovery compared with patients who undergo the traditional surgery.

For more information:

Hip Replacement Surgery
Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.


  1. Robyn Gillman

    April 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I am investigating hip surgery for myself. Living in the NYC area, I would like to know the name of the Doctor who performed Regis Philbin’s hip replacement.

    Thank you……….

    • Dr B

      April 29, 2010 at 4:38 am

      Hi Robyn, We don’t know which orthopedic surgeon performed Mr. Philbin’s operation. There are many, many qualified orthopedists in the NYC area but we can’t do specific referrals.

  2. Gale Monk

    June 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Hey there,

    I too, am a candidate for hip replacement. Why can’t we identify Regis Philbin’s surgeon. What hospital was he out of. I really would like to know. I’m doing three consults in an attempt to choose a doctor. Thanks.

    • Dr B

      June 11, 2010 at 5:03 pm

      Hello Gale,
      We don’t know the name of the surgeon who treated Regis as this information has not been publicly disclosed. On a related note, we respect patients’ (even celebrities’) right to privacy and don’t consider ourselves investigative journalists in this regard. Moreover, there are Federal laws that protect the privacy and confidentially of peoples’ medical information. These laws are called HIPAA (short for the Health Insurance and Portability Accountability Act) and undoubtedly, when you yourself have gone to doctors in the past, you’ve had to sign a HIPAA waiver that allows your doctor to share your medical information with your insurance company that pays the bills.
      Drs. B

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