Minimally Invasive Surgery (Hip Arthroscopy)

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which an orthopedic surgeon uses a small camera, called an arthroscope, to look inside the hip joint. A hip arthroscopy can be used to diagnose, repair, and/or remove damaged tissue if necessary. 


Hip arthroscopy is less common than knee or shoulder arthroscopy but is often necessary to treat conditions such as Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI), labral tears and loose bodies in the joint. 

During this procedure the surgeon will make a small incision and insert the arthroscope. Small instruments will be inserted next in order to perform procedures such as smoothing or repairing torn cartilage, removing inflamed synovial tissue or trimming excess bone. For most patients, a hip arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure. 

Complications from a hip arthroscopy are rare. Some individuals may experience numbness, which is due to surrounding nerves being affected, but it is generally temporary. Crutches or walking assistance is often needed for a short time after the surgery and physical therapy is usually necessary for a full recovery.

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