About Hip Arthroscopy
Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that lets your doctor view the inside of your hip joint and the surrounding muscles to diagnose and treat joint problems without major surgery. Hip arthroscopy is performed on an outpatient basis.
During the procedure, a camera is placed into the hip joint through one small incision and instruments to treat the problem are placed through other small incisions. This makes it possible for the specially-trained surgeon to perform a range of procedures to relieve pain caused by damage to the labrum, articular cartilage, or other soft tissues surrounding the joint. This includes smoothing or repairing torn cartilage, trimming bone spurs and removing inflamed tissue.
Hip arthroscopy is technically more challenging than arthroscopy of other joints, such as the shoulder or knee, because of the anatomy of the hip joint. It is important to see a specialist with advanced training in this technique. Most patients find they need to use crutches two to six weeks after surgery. Many return to sports or high-demand activity in approximately three to four months.
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Hip Abductor Tear
The abductor muscles of the hip, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus are located on the side of the hip. These muscles move the leg away from the midline of the body and support the pelvis during weight bearing. Abductor tears…Read More »
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Non-Arthritic Hip Pain
There are a number of conditions not associated with arthritis that can cause hip pain. Some of the most common include fractures, inflammation in the hip joint and friction caused by abnormally shaped hip bones. How hip pain is treated…Read More »
The labrum is a structure in the hip that provides some stability to the joint, but perhaps, more importantly, serves to maintain the normal fluid in the joint. A tear in the labrum can be caused by injury or overuse…Read More »