What Is Hip Arthroscopy?
Referred to as the "hip scope", hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure. The orthopedic surgeon will use the arthroscope (a small camera) to examine the inside of the hip joint. This procedure will allow the surgeon to determine the cause of hip pain. The camera will display pictures on a video monitor. These images will help guide the miniature surgical instrument.
The surgeon will only need to make small incisions, rather than large incisions needed for open surgery. This will cause less pain for the patient and shorten recovery time.
When Hip Arthroscopy Is Recommended
Hip arthroscopy may relieve pain when there is damage to the soft tissues surrounding the joint, the labrum, or articular cartilage. The orthopedic conditions that can receive arthroscopic treatment include:
- Bone spurs that damage the soft tissue due to bone overgrowth
- Loose cartilage inside the joint
- Labral tear (The Labrum cartilage that lines the hip socket)
- Hip impingement that limits the range of motion
- Inflamed hip or joint lining
- Snapping hip syndromes that cause the tendon to rub across the outside of the joint
Do You Need Hip Arthroscopy?
Hip arthroscopy may not be needed to make a diagnosis of your condition. MRI scanning technology can reveal that the injury can be treated non-surgically. To determine if you need the procedure your physician will follow these steps:
- Conduct a physical examination that includes a range of motion tests
- Review an X-ray or MRI scans
- Research your symptoms and previous medical history
- Complete an extensive health exam if you have previous health risks
Most likely the hip arthroscopy procedure will be performed as an outpatient. This means you will not have to spend the night. If you are taking other medication substances please inform your surgeon prior. The entire process will take between 30 minutes and two hours.
The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia, where you sleep during the operation. Regional anesthesia can also be used by numbing you from the waist down by using an injection or catheter. The surgeon and anesthesiologist will discuss the option of using both.
Positioning and Preparation
At this time your leg will be pulled in traction. This creates space in the hip joint and allows the instruments to gain access. A portable X-ray will also be used to ensure the arthroscope is inserted properly. Once the problem is identified the surgeon can:
Pain will improve shortly after the procedure is finished. Sometimes lingering pain and tenderness will occur. There may also be the sensation of water within the hip due to the leftover fluid. All swelling should diminish after one week. The full recovery time varies depending on the treatment and patient. Most individuals go back to participating in nonrestrictive activities. Others will need to make the necessary changes to protect the joint. Depending on the type of damage, follow the guidance of your surgeon.
Why Choose Gustavel Orthopedics for Hip Arthroscopy?
The success of Gustavel Orthopedics is defined by our expertise, quality of service and level of care. Our orthopedic team ensures a one-on-one approach to understand specific needs and develop a program tailored toward the individual. Then, we work to achieve the best treatment goals to ensure faster recovery so you can get going again. Schedule a consultation regarding hip arthroscopy with our orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Michael J Gustavel.