Hip pain is often caused by injury to the soft tissues that surround the hip joint, preventing it from properly functioning. These tissues support the bones and help the hip joint move. If injured and left untreated, your hip joints can be significantly damaged and cause pain.
Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique that can diagnose and repair soft tissue injuries such as labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement and dysplasia. Repairing tissues early may prevent damage from occurring and improve hip function. After making small incisions in your skin, your surgeon will insert a fiber-optic camera and surgical tools into your hip joint. The camera enables your surgeon to view any damage in your hip. Depending on your condition, your surgeon may cut out and remove the torn piece of tissue, repair the torn tissue by sewing it back together or remove loose fragments.
Arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure so you can return home the day of surgery. The best candidates include active people between the ages of 20 and 60 years old with no history of arthritis.
The Following Orthopedists Specialize in Hip Arthroscopy:
Michael Repine, MD, Boulder Medical Center, 303-440-3036
Khemarin Seng, MD, BoulderCentre for Orthopedics, 303-449-2730
Conditions That Can be Successfully Treated with Arthroscopy Include:
Clicking, locking or catching sensation in your joints
Pain in hip/groin
Stiffness/limited range of motion in your hip
Little or no relief from anti-inflammatory medication or therapy
Questions and Answers about Hip Arthroscopy
How will I benefit from this procedure?
By reducing hip pain, increasing mobility and restoring your range of motion, hip arthroscopy can help you reclaim your active life. Repairing damaged tissue or removing bone spurs early can preserve the bones in your hip joint and your range of motion. Arthroscopy may prevent more serious problems from developing in your hip.
Can I resume my normal activities?
Your recovery will depend on the type of damage that was present in your hip. If no complications arise, you can typically begin light activities, such as cycling or swimming, within a few weeks and return to normal activity in a few months after surgery. Your commitment and cooperation are vital to a successful recovery. Following your orthopedist’s advice and your rehabilitation plan will increase your odds of resuming activity and reducing recovery time.
What are the risks of this surgery?
Complications from hip arthroscopy are rare. However, possible risks of this surgery may include the following:
There is a small risk of injury to the surrounding nerves or blood vessels, or the joint itself. The traction needed for the procedure can stretch nerves and cause numbness, but this is usually temporary.
Infections can occur in the tissues near your hip. Most infections are successfully treated with antibiotics.
Blood clots can form in your leg veins as a result of decreased movement of your leg after surgery or injury to your veins during the procedure. Your surgeon may prescribe blood-thinning medications after surgery to prevent clots from forming. Exercises, such as walking, that increase blood flow through your leg veins can also reduce the risk of clots.