hip arthritisWe are enjoying more productive lives thanks to the accessibility of medical innovations for degenerative conditions like chronic hip pain. In many instances, traditional open surgery and a long recovery time can be replaced by hip arthroscopy, a sophisticated, minimally invasive procedure.  The benefits of less trauma to the body during arthroscopy means patients to recover faster and enjoy quicker results. Instead of delaying surgery until hip pain is intolerable, more people are opting for arthroscopic surgery as a preventive measure against further degeneration.

If you are considering treatment for a debilitating hip condition, you should consult with an orthopedic surgeon with extensive experience in arthroscopy in addition to traditional surgery. The doctors ranked among the most qualified in arthroscopic procedures are available at the Hip Surgery Center of Excellence. When you consult with one of our surgeons, you can discuss the treatment best suited for you, and while the arthroscopic approach has many advantages, you need to be an appropriate candidate for the procedure.

How Are Hip Conditions Diagnosed?

If you’ve been putting up with hip pain, inflammation, and immobility, you first need to consult an experienced orthopedic surgeon like the specialists at the Hip Surgery Center of Excellence. You’ll discuss your medical history and symptoms, then have some diagnostic tests such as an x-ray, MRI, or CT scan.

Unless you are diagnosed with an advanced stage of hip degeneration, conservative treatment is typically first prescribed. This could entail physical therapy to lessen inflammation and restore mobility along with medications or injections. If you do not respond to these treatments, your doctor can discuss surgical treatment options and the suitability of hip arthroscopy.

Common Hip Disorders Treated By Hip Arthroscopy

Arthroscopic surgery is used for many common degenerative or chronic hip conditions and injuries, such as osteoarthritis, labral tears, external snapping hip, loose bodies, and femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), to name a few.

The type of condition determines which arthroscopic technique the surgeon performs:

  1. Osteoarthritis – This is the most common form of arthritis. Arthroscopy could require a resurfacing of the hip joint or removal of loose cartilage or bone.
  2. Labral tear – Also referred to as an “internal snapping hip.” This involves injury to the labrum or cartilage around the rim of the acetabulum with bits of broken cartilage or bone caught in the joint space. Arthroscopic surgery removes the loose debris.
  3. External snapping hip – This refers to inflammation of a tendon irritated by the hip joint with arthroscopic surgery used to relieve tension of the hip tendon.
  4. Loose bodies – This involves the removal of bone or cartilage fragments (foreign body removal) from around the hip joint.
  5. FAI (Femoro-Acetabular Impingement) – Condition where there is deformity of femoral head or hip socket that results in impaction with hip motion. Over time, this condition can lead to cartilage and labral damage. Arthroscopic technique is used to decompress or remove the extra bone by “sculpting” the ball or the socket and repair and cartilage or labral damage.

Hip arthroscopy not only minimizes the size of surgical incisions, but its telescopic capabilities enables surgeons to visualize the surgical area more comprehensively helping with access to the hip joint. As a result, patients experience  less pain and have a shorter recovery time.

For most patients, the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis taking only a couple hours in surgery with a brief recovery period before returning home. Patients are not allowed to drive themselves home since general anesthesia is used for the operation.

Patients are required to follow a specific rehabilitation program which can begin as soon as three days after surgery.  Usually only four months of therapy twice a week is standard before resuming normal physical activity.

Call Us Today About Hip Arthroscopy

If you have restricted hip mobility or hip pain, our orthopedic surgeons are among the most qualified specialists in minimally invasive techniques. You’ll receive world class care in a technologically advanced surgical center receiving comprehensive care from our skilled medical staff. Contact the Hip Surgery Center of Excellence today at 888.760.3378.

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