At TriHealth Orthopedic & Sports Institute and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, we provide the latest arthroscopic hip procedures to treat a wide range of hip conditions including hip impingement and labral tears. These procedures are minimally invasive, reducing your risk for bleeding and infection while speeding up your recovery and reducing pain and scarring. Hip arthroscopy is used as a surgical procedure and used to diagnose and treat problems of the hip joint.
Our team of surgeons and specialists are passionate about helping you live life pain-free. Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive procedures to treat conditions of the hip—reducing the amount of disruption to your life and improving recovery time.
Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure where only a few tiny incisions are made around the hip joint to treat conditions that affect the hip. During these procedures, the orthopedic surgeon uses a special camera (arthroscope) and specialized surgical tools to inspect the joint and repair tissue such as labral tears, cartilage disease and bony impingement that is causing pain.
Arthroscopic hip procedure causes
You may be a candidate for an arthroscopic hip procedure if you have:
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) - a condition defined by a misshapen hip joint, typically with excessive bony bumps of the femur and/or acetabulum that cause painful impingement when moving the hip normally.
- Gluteus medius tear—a tear in the muscle that functions as the rotator cuff of the hip
- Loose bodies—where bits of bone or cartilage come loose and float in your joint space
- Synovitis—inflammation of the hip joint capsule
Arthroscopic hip procedure options
Your orthopedic surgeon can use many different tools to perform arthroscopic hip procedures. First, they will insert a tiny camera through a small incision (about the size of a buttonhole) in the hip. The camera takes images of the area which are used to evaluate the joint. The surgeon may then make additional incisions to insert tools used to repair the problem, for instance, a labral tear. These tools may be used to shave and recontour bone, sew labral tissue or remove inflamed tissues.
Because arthroscopy is not open surgery, the small incisions often allow for a faster recovery time than open hip surgery. You will be able to go home the same day as your procedure. Though you may need to use crutches or a walker, you should be able to return to normal activities after a full recovery.
Arthroscopic hip procedure risks
As a minimally invasive procedure, hip arthroscopy has fewer risks than open surgery. However, you may still have a small risk for:
- Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis)
- Nerve damage
Arthroscopic hip procedure outcomes
Most people who undergo arthroscopic hip procedures can return to all their normal activities, including sports after a full recovery. However, if the hip is extremely damaged, you may need to avoid certain high impact activities like running, jumping and deep squatting. Your orthopedic surgeon can help you determine how to best protect your hip health in the future.