Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat various hip joint conditions. It involves using a small camera, called an arthroscope, and specialized instruments to access and visualize the interior of the hip joint.
Hip arthroscopy can help diagnose and assess various hip conditions, such as labral tears, hip impingement, loose bodies, cartilage damage, synovitis, and ligamentum teres injuries. Compared to traditional open hip surgery, hip arthroscopy offers several advantages, including smaller incisions, reduced soft tissue damage, less pain, quicker recovery, and potentially shorter hospital stays.
Hip arthroscopy may be suggested by an orthopedic surgeon in the following situations:
Here is an overview of the surgical procedure:
Following hip arthroscopy, you will be taken to the recovery area. Depending on the specific procedures performed and your individual case, you may need to use crutches for a period of time. Physical therapy and a rehabilitation program will be initiated to help restore strength, range of motion, and function to the hip joint.