Injuries or conditions that damage the ligaments, bone, cartilage, and other soft tissues surrounding the hip joint can frequently be repaired with minimally-invasive hip arthroscopy, or a “hip scope.” The best candidates for this procedure are active individuals who have not yet suffered from significant cartilage loss or arthritis. Hip arthroscopy utilizes 2-3 incisions ¼-1/2 inch long rather than a more tradition and invasive “open” surgery requiring a much larger incision. An arthroscope, or long thin camera, is inserted into one of these small incisions to allow the surgeon to view inside the joint area while using other surgical instruments inserted through a separate incision or incisions to smooth or repair the cartilage, trim bone spurs, repair the hip labrum, or remove inflamed tissue that may be causing the problem.
Hip arthroscopy is typically an out-patient procedure performed while the patient is asleep under general anesthesia. While there is a very small risk of infection or blood clots forming in the legs, complications from hip arthroscopy are uncommon. Following initial rest, physical therapy and special exercises to restore strength and mobility are important to achieve the best recovery.
Benefits of less-invasive hip arthroscopy include:
- Out-patient procedure
- Smaller incisions
- Earlier rehabilitation
- Earlier return to activity
Hip arthroscopy may relieve the painful symptoms of:
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