Hip arthroscopy is surgery that is done by making small cuts around your hip and looking inside using a tiny camera. Other medical instruments may also be inserted to examine or treat your hip joint.
Arthroscopy - hip; Hip impingement syndrome - arthroscopy; Femora-acetabular impingement - arthroscopy; FAI - arthroscopy; Labrum - arthroscopy
During arthroscopy of the hip, the surgeon uses a tiny camera called an arthroscope to see inside your hip.
Why the Procedure Is Performed
The most common reasons for hip arthroscopy are to:
Less common reasons for hip arthroscopy are:
If you do not have one of these problems, hip arthroscopy will probably not be useful for treating your hip arthritis.
The risks for any anesthesia and surgery are:
Other risks from this surgery include:
Before the Procedure
Always tell your health care provider which drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.
During the 2 weeks before your surgery:
On the day of your surgery:
After the Procedure
Whether you fully recover after hip arthroscopy depends on what type of problem was treated.
If you also have arthritis in your hip, you will still have arthritis symptoms after hip surgery.
After surgery, you will need to use crutches for 2 to 6 weeks.
Your surgeon will tell you when it is OK to return to work. Most people can go back to work within 1 to 2 weeks if they are able to sit most of the time.
You will be referred to physical therapy to begin an exercise program.
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Sanchez VMI, Meza AO. Hip arthroscopy. In: Miller MD, Thompson SR, eds. DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 82.
Review Date: 9/7/2017
Reviewed By: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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