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Hip Arthroscopy

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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.


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