Hip arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure that allows your orthopaedic surgeon to diagnose and treat hip problems. By inserting an arthroscope, or small camera, into your hip joint, your surgeon can visualize the inside of the joint in order to make an accurate diagnosis. In some cases, small surgical instruments can also be used to administer treatment. Hip arthroscopy procedures reduce the trauma to the surrounding structures, minimize postoperative discomfort, and have faster recovery times when compared to open surgeries.
Did You Know?
You may be able to delay the need for a hip replacement by having a hip arthroscopy. This is because hip arthroscopy procedures are effective in diagnosing and treating painful hip conditions. Although individual results may vary, some people are able to avoid hip replacements altogether after undergoing hip arthroscopy.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for hip arthroscopy?
You may be a candidate for hip arthroscopy if you suffer from chronic hip pain that does not improve with physical therapy or rest. However, you may not be an ideal candidate if you have moderate to severe arthritis in the joint. While only your orthopaedic surgeon can determine whether your are an ideal candidate for hip arthroscopy, here are some conditions that hip arthroscopy can treat:
- Bone spurs
- Tissue inflammation (synovitis)
- Torn cartilage
- Hip dysplasia
- Anatomical abnormalities
- Bone cysts
- Hip impingement syndrome
- Labral tears
- Joint sepsis
- Trochanteric bursitis
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What can I expect during a hip arthroscopy?
You can expect to return home the same day as your procedure since most hip arthroscopy procedures are performed as an outpatient surgery. Once you have been placed under general anesthesia, your orthopaedic surgeon will place your leg in traction to pull it away from the hip socket and allow access to the joint. A tiny incision will be made in the hip so that the arthroscope can be placed into the joint. The arthroscope will produce images on a screen that your surgeon will use to make a diagnosis. In some cases, additional tiny incisions will be made so that surgical tools can be used to treat the problem. Depending on the issue, your surgeon may remove inflamed tissue, trim bone spurs, or smooth/repair torn cartilage. After surgery is over, any incisions will be stitched or covered with skin tape.
How long does it take to recover from a hip arthroscopy?
After the surgery is complete, you will wake up in the recovery room. In most cases, you can expect to spend about 2 hours being monitored in recovery before you are sent home. Your surgeon will also provide medications and instructions on how to manage any postoperative pain. As you heal, you will need to use crutches or a walker for about a month or two until you can bear weight on that leg. Physical therapy will then be used to regain strength and mobility.