Quality Orthopedic Care in Orange County
Hip arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows an orthopedic surgeon
to diagnose and treat certain hip disorders by providing a clear view
of the inside of the hip. You may benefit from arthroscopic surgery if
non-surgical treatments have provided minimal or no improvement to your
hip problems. Arthroscopy is much less invasive than traditional hip surgery
which means you’ll enjoy a quicker return to normal activities,
such as work and sports.
What to Expect in Hip Arthroscopy
During hip arthroscopy, the orthopedic surgeon inserts a pencil-sized optical
device (arthroscope) into the hip joint. An image from the miniature camera
attached to the arthroscope is then projected onto a large video monitor
in the operating room. This allows the surgeon to examine the interior
of the hip and determine the source of the problem. Salt water is pumped
into the joint in a process called lavage, allowing for a clear picture.
During the procedure, the surgeon may also insert surgical instruments
through other small incisions in order to remove or repair damaged tissues.
When there are loose bodies in the hip that need to be removed, arthroscopy
can be very useful. As degenerative arthritis progresses, the hip’s
smooth ball-like surface of cartilage may become cracked, and fragments
may break off to float unattached in the joint. Those fragments, called
loose bodies, can cause “catching” in the joint, or they can
scratch and damage the smooth areas of the joint. Arthroscopy is used
to correct this common condition. Another condition that may be resolved
with arthroscopy is a torn or loose portions of the labrum, which surrounds
the hip socket. Taking care of these problems early may help you avoid
total hip replacement in the future.
Preparing for Post-Operative Recovery
When your surgery is completed, a member of HOI’s orthopedic dedicated
physical therapy team will work with you to get the joint moving again.
The exercises given to you by your physical therapist are a crucial part
of your recovery process, so it is essential to continue with them as
directed. You should feel significantly better within a week or two because
the inflamed tissues and destructive fluids have been removed. Most people
are able to return to work two to three days and get back to physical
activities after roughly three weeks.
If you are ready to begin, start by finding your physician by clicking here.