About Hip Arthroscopy Surgery
Hip arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows doctors to view the hip joint without making a large incision (cut) through the skin and other soft tissues. Arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of hip problems.
During hip arthroscopy, your surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your hip joint. The camera displays pictures on a video monitor, and your surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments.
Because the arthroscope and surgical instruments are thin, your surgeon can use very small incisions, rather than the larger incision needed for open surgery. This results in less pain for patients, less joint stiffness, and often shortens the time it takes to recover and return to favorite activities.
In hip impingement there is abnormal contact between the hip ball (femoral head) and the hip socket (acetabulum). Too much friction between these structures damages the soft tissue that lines the hip joint.
Factors to Consider Hip Arthroscopy Surgery
- Do you experience pain with hip internal rotation, flexion, and/or adduction of the hip?
- Do you sometimes feel as if your hip were locked or stuck and it often results in sudden pain?
- Do you feel groin pain with activities such as rising from a chair, getting out of a car, going up / down stairs, prolonged sitting?
- Do you have difficulty in squatting, sitting cross legged?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, then Hip Arthroscopy Surgery is worth exploring.
After Surgery Benefits:
- Dramatic pain relief
- Better range of movement
- Better quality of life
- Less chances of early wear and tear of hip
Hip Arthroscopy is a surgery used to treat hip problems. A special tool called an arthroscope has a small camera to look inside the hip joint. Small cuts are made and the doctor uses the arthroscope and other tools to remove and repair the damaged tissue.
Surgery can repair a tear in the labrum, the thick ring of cartilage or soft tissue that lines the hip socket. Tears are fixed by using special anchors that hold the labrum to the hip socket. If you have a problem with the shape of the ball of the femur or thigh bone, the bone can be shaved or changed so that the ball of the femur fits better into the hip joint. This is done with a special tool during surgery called a burr.
Post Op Recovery
Your hip will continue to heal and gain strength for up to 1 year after surgery. Common problems are the loss of strength and limited range of motion as the hip heals. Most patients feel better 3 months after surgery. By 6 months most patients are happy they had surgery.