What Is Hip Arthroscopy?

Published on: September 14, 2016

Hip problems can negatively affect your life and limit your mobility. There are many factors that can affect your hip function, including injury, inflammation, infections, developmental problems and growths. When the exact cause is not known, one option to explore the cause and possibly treat the hip condition is hip arthroscopy performed by an orthopedic surgeon.

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that can help orthopedic physicians diagnose and treat hip problems. This procedure involves using a small arthroscope with a tiny camera to explore the inside of the hip. A small incision is made to insert the arthroscope into the affected area of the hip. If the cause of the pain or dysfunction is found, hip arthroscopy can be used to correct the problem using specialized instruments that are used in conjunction with the arthroscope. Some of the issues that can be treated through hip arthroscopy include:

  • Torn ligaments
  • Hip lateral tears
  • Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
  • Snapping hip syndrome
  • Cartilage injury
  • Loose bodies in the hip

Using tiny and precise instruments, the injured or damaged area to the hip can be repaired through arthroscopy. Bone or cartilage may be removed using surgical instruments to relieve impingement within the joint and repaired with sutures. In many cases, this minimally invasive surgery can correct the problem and give the patient back their mobility and lessen pain without the need for open surgery that has higher risks and requires longer recovery times.

Hip arthroscopy should only be performed by an experienced orthopedic surgeon that specializes in this technique. If you have been suffering from hip pain or limited hip mobility, seek a consultation with a qualified orthopedic surgeon that offers hip arthroscopy as a treatment option.

Posted on behalf of:
Ortho Sport and Spine Physicians
5730 Glenridge Drive Northeast #230
Atlanta, GA 30328
(678) 752-7246

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