After suffering a debilitating hip injury in the early half of 2013, many people, including Gaga herself, failed to realize just how severe the injury really was. Gaga recently revealed that although her initial diagnosis was just a labral tear, the 27-year-old performer had actually sustained a broken hip as well. According to Gaga, “Before I went into surgery there were giant craters, a hole in my hip the size of a quarter… I had a tear on the inside of my joint and huge breakage. The surgeon told me that if I had done another show, I might have needed a full hip replacement.” Luckily for Gaga, minimally invasive, arthroscopic hip procedures can now be used to treat a number of conditions that would have previously required a more complex operation. And in the wake of Gaga’s first post-surgery performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, it is safe to say that the procedure was a success.
La Peer’s Hip Surgery Center of Excellence boasts a staff of expert orthopedic surgeons who specialize in hip surgery. Call 888-760-3378 to schedule an appointment.
What Exactly Is a Labral Tear?
The labrum is a ring of soft elastic tissue that lines the hip joint socket. Individuals who participate in sports and strenuous activity regularly are at a higher risk for sustaining a labral tear. The labrum consists of fibrous-cartilage, meaning that, once torn, it will not heal on its own. Thanks to modern technology, a labral tear can be treated via outpatient arthroscopic surgery in roughly an hour.
How Does Hip Arthroscopy Work?
Hip arthroscopy is a procedure in which a surgeon creates a small incision in the hip region, inserts a camera into the interior joint, and is able to view the hip on a corresponding monitor. By viewing the interior of the hip joint and inserting small instruments, a surgeon can diagnose and treat a variety of conditions such as labral tears, hip fractures, hip bursitis, and hip dislocation. Given that arthroscopic hip surgery is minimally invasive, recovery time and out of pocket expenses are significantly reduced.
If you are experiencing any chronic pain or discomfort near your hips, contact an orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible to avoid any worsening of your symptoms. As Lady Gaga experienced, early detection of certain conditions can prevent the need for a more complex hip procedure or total hip replacement later on.
Contact the Best Orthopedic Surgeons in Los Angeles
At La Peer’s Hip Surgery Center of Excellence, our team of renowned surgeons specialize in state-of-the art procedures that can relieve chronic hip pain and restore your quality of life. To schedule an appointment with a member of our team or address any questions you may have about hip surgery in Los Angeles, contact us at 888-760-3378.
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