Hip arthroscopy is minimally invasive surgery that allows your doctor to repair some painful hip problems using very small incisions, which results in faster, easier recovery.
Our orthopedic surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in hip arthroscopy. They usually perform the procedure in one of our outpatient surgery centers so patients do not need to stay overnight in a hospital.
During hip arthroscopy, your doctor inserts a small telescope called an arthroscope into your hip through an incision about the width of the top of a straw. Images of the inside of your hip are projected onto a computer screen. Your doctor makes one or more small cuts to insert miniature surgical tools that can shave, trim, stitch or smooth the damaged area of your hip. The doctor views the inside of your hip on the computer screen throughout the surgery.
Hip arthroscopy may be used to treat many problems with the cartilage and soft tissue in the hip, including:
- Cartilage injuries
- Dysplasia and labral tears
- Hip impingement, also called femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
- Hip joint infection
- Loose fragments of bone or cartilage in the hip joint
- Synovitis, inflamed tissue around the hip joint
- Tendon or ligament injuries
Many people return to full activity after hip arthroscopy, although your recovery depends on the damage to your hip before surgery. Some people may need to modify high-impact activities such as running, and instead take up swimming or bicycling. Your doctor will outline the best activities for you.
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