Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that gives your doctor visualization of the internal anatomy of your hip joint and the surrounding muscles. This means that instead of a large incision, which requires a painful, long recovery, your doctor can make three or four small incisions and determine if you need further treatment at that time. It is typically used for the treatment of hip conditions such as hip impingement.
Arthroscopy of the hip is technically more challenging than arthroscopy of other joints, such as the shoulder or knee, because of the anatomy of the ball and socket joint. It is important to see a specialist with advanced training in this technique, such as Kenneth Tepper, MD.
Minimally Invasive Hip Arthroscopy: What to Expect
- Hip scopes are performed on an outpatient basis, which means you will go home that same day.
- During this procedure, you are on a special table which will pull, or distract the leg to allow room for instruments and the camera to be placed into the hip joint.
- A camera is placed into the hip joint through one small incision, and instruments to treat the underlying problem are placed though the other incisions.
- Excess bone can be shaved and removed, and the cartilage repaired.
Recovering from Arthroscopy of the Hip
Most patients find they need to use crutches two to six weeks after surgery. You can usually return to sports or high demand activity at approximately three to four months.