Hip Arthroscopy

Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows physicians to view the hip joint without making a large incision through the skin and other soft tissues. Arthroscopy has a number of advantages to the patient and is useful for diagnosing and treating a wide range of hip conditions and injuries.

During the hip arthroscopy procedure, a surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into the patient’s hip joint. The camera allows the surgeon to view images on a monitor on a video monitor. These images then assist the surgeon in guiding miniature surgical instruments.

The thin arthroscope and surgical instruments allow the surgeon to make very small incisions during the procedure, which can result in less pain for the patient, less joint stiffness and often times, a shorter recovery time.

Conditions Treated Using Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is useful in treating and repairing a number of conditions and injuries including:
  • Femoroacetabular impingement – This is a condition that limits the range of motion in the hip and is a major cause of osteoarthritis
  • Labral tears – This occurs when a specialized cartilage called the labrum (which lines the hip socket) is torn
  • Removal of loose fragments of cartilage inside the joint – This can be caused by an injury, such as a torn labrum

Advantages of the Hip Arthroscopy Procedure

Utilization of an arthroscope has a number of advantages over traditional hip surgery, including:
  • Minimizing both hip pain and scarring
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Delaying potential hip arthritis through early treatment of its cause

To learn more about Hip Arthroscopy, please contact Austin Sports Medicine today at 512-450-1300.

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