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Hip Arthroscopy

What is hip arthroscopy?

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to treat femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), labral tears, and hip pain. During the surgery, a small camera (called an arthroscope) is inserted into the joint through a tiny incision. The camera allows for a clear view of the hip ball-and-socket joint.

Using arthroscopy, your doctor can confirm your diagnosis and repair any injured tissue. The camera displays pictures onto a screen, and surgical instruments are guided into your hip to repair the tear.

Learn more about hip anatomy

Learn more about FAI and labral tears

What happens during a hip arthroscopy?

Although every patient is different, here is what typically happens during a hip arthroscopy procedure:

Who is a good candidate for a hip arthroscopy?

Candidates for a hip arthroscopy are active individuals without arthritis whose groin pain is keeping them from participating in daily activities and sports. An ideal surgical patient is motivated, eager to return to a high level of function, and willing to participate in an intensive postoperative rehabilitation program. Hip arthroscopy patients are typically less than 50 years old.

Patients with hip conditions such as dysplasia or osteoarthritis are usually not recommended for hip arthroscopy, although they may be candidates for other types of surgical treatment.

What are the risks of hip arthroscopy?

As with any surgery, arthroscopy has risks. These include, but are not limited to:

What can I expect before hip arthroscopy?

You will need a preoperative physical performed by your primary care provider within 30 days before surgery. If you do not have this done, we will have to cancel and reschedule your surgery.

What can I expect after a hip arthroscopy?

Here is what happens after your hip arthroscopy procedure:

What can I expect while I am recovering at home after a hip arthroscopy?

What is cold compression therapy, and why did my doctor recommend it?

Your doctor may prescribe a cold compression therapy unit for you to use after your surgery. Integrated cold and compression is clinically proven to:

Summit Orthopedics believes that the cold compression therapy unit will provide you with the best possible outcome in the days following your surgery.

How long will it take to recover from a hip arthroscopy?

The length of your recovery can vary, so talk with your orthopedic surgeon about the recovery plan for your specific situation.

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