Arthroscopy (Hip)

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.

Our Specialists


MedStar Orthopaedic Institute Hip and Knee Center

  • Phone: 410-554-2270
  • Fax: 410-554-2832