Hip Scopes

Hip Arthroscopy

HIP ARTHROSCOPY (often referred to as a hip scope) is a surgical procedure that gives doctors a clear view of the inside of a joint. This helps them diagnose and treat joint problems. Hip arthroscopy is a cutting edge technique similar to knee or shoulder arthroscopy.

Your doctor may recommend hip arthroscopy if you have a painful condition that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment such as rest, physical therapy, and medications or injections and that has a surgically treatable cause. Some examples include loose bodies in the joint, tears of cartilage or labrum, and bone spurs called “cam lesions” or “pincer lesions”.

During hip arthroscopy, your surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your hip joint. The camera displays pictures on a monitor screen, and your surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments to repair problems found in the hip joint.

You will go home the same day you have your hip arthroscopy. You will use crutches for a few days to a few weeks, depending on the procedure.

Many people return to full, unrestricted activities after hip arthroscopy. Your recovery will depend on the type of damage that was present in your hip and the repair that was required.

For some people, lifestyle changes are necessary to protect the joint. An example might be changing from high impact exercise (such as running) to lower impact activities (such as swimming or cycling). These are decisions you will make with the guidance of your surgeon.

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