Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows doctors to view the hip joint without making a large incision. This procedure can treat pain caused by labral tears, cartilage injuries as well as hip flexor tightness and inflammation, which are common among athletes participating in soccer, ballet, gymnastics, hockey and running.
“Arthro” means having to do with a joint and “scopy” refers to being viewed through a scope.
An arthroscopy repair is the least invasion form of surgery. A hip arthroscopy procedure begins with two small incisions around the hip joint. Then, the arthroscope is inserted in one incision and slim surgical tools are inserted through other. The camera helps guide the surgical tools to make the necessary repairs.
The entire procedure takes one to two hours to perform and patients can go home a few hours post-surgery instead of being admitted to a hospital for up to three days, which his common after a traditional hip surgery.
Hip arthroscopy may be recommended if your condition does not respond to nonsurgical treatment like rest, physical therapy or injections.
Since hip arthroscopy is the least invasive form of surgical repair, it offers several benefits over traditional hip surgery:
- Fewer complications
- Less postoperative pain
- Faster recovery time
While recovery and rehabilitation does take time, a hip arthroscopy procedure usually allows you to return to your daily activities and living life to its fullest potential in approximately four to six weeks.