Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure used to treat chronic joint conditions or injuries to the hip. The tremendous benefits for patients who undergo arthroscopic surgery instead of traditional open surgery include smaller incisions, accelerated recovery, and a lower risk of complications.
At La Peer Health Systems, our surgeons are world-renowned experts in arthroscopic procedures. As such, our team formulates specialized treatment plans for each patient, and our surgeons can treat variety of hip injuries arthroscopically. To find out more, or to schedule an appointment, contact our Beverly Hills office today at (855) 360-9119.
How Does Hip Arthroscopy Work?
Arthroscopic surgery allows our orthopedic surgeons to navigate the inside of the hip joint and repair soft tissue with unprecedented precision. Hip arthroscopy utilizes an arthroscope (a high-tech instrument only a few millimeters in diameter). Attached at the end of the arthroscope is a fiber-optic camera that provides a live video feed from inside the joint that is projected onto a monitor inside the operating room. This allows surgeons to view the inside of the joint without opening it up surgically.
During the procedure, the leg must be put into traction. Essentially, the hip has to be pulled away from the socket far enough so that the surgeon can view the entire joint, insert instruments, and perform the necessary treatments. Once traction is applied, two or three small incisions are made into the hip through which the arthroscope and other surgical repair instruments can be inserted.
Hip Injuries Treated with Arthroscopy
Hip surgery may relieve painful symptoms of many problems that damage the labrum, articular cartilage, or other soft tissues surrounding the hip joint. Our surgeons have unparalleled experience in minimally invasive hip surgery and routinely use hip arthroscopy to treat the following injuries and chronic conditions:
- Hip Impingement
- Loose bodies
- Hip Arthritis
- Cartilage (Labral) Tears
- Hip joint infection
Recovery and Rehabilitation
Recovery from arthroscopic hip surgery depends on the type of procedure, severity of the hip condition or injury, and general health of the patient. At La Peer Health Systems, our orthopedic surgeons are expertly trained in advanced hip arthroscopy. This translates to smaller incisions, minimal damage to surrounding tissue, less pain after surgery, and faster recovery.
On average, patients are usually discharged from the recovery room within one to two hours. Patients could require the aid of crutches for a period of up to two months following surgery. We typically recommend physical therapy after hip arthroscopy to help restore mobility and strength to the hip and to improve long-term success of the surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What types of procedures do the orthopedic surgeons perform at La Peer?
A: Our surgeons specialize in a variety of hip procedures. For more detailed information, check out our brand new Hip Surgery Center of Excellence website that is dedicated entirely to hip surgery.
Q: Will I need a physical examination before having arthroscopic hip surgery?
A: Yes, you will need a physical examination to assess your health and determine if there are any problems that may interfere with surgery. Your surgeon will also want to know if you are currently taking any medications, which you could be required to stop taking prior to surgery.
Q: Are there any complications from this type of hip surgery?
A: Though uncommon, complications from hip arthroscopy surgery may include injury to nerves or vessels, infection, and blood clots. Leg traction may also stretch some nerves and cause numbness, but this is usually only a temporary condition.
Q: What kinds of rehabilitation exercises might I have to do after hip arthroscopy?
A: It will depend on the type of surgery you had. Common rehabilitation exercises include gentle progressive resistive exercises, increased range of motion exercises, gentle joint distraction techniques, and balance work.
Q: What are the long-term outcomes?
A: Though recovery is dependent upon the type and extent of damage in the hip, many people return to full and unrestricted activity. Physical rehabilitation can significantly improve the long-term strength and mobility of the hip following arthroscopic surgery.
Contact an Orthopedic Surgeon in Beverly Hills
La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills boast some of the country’s finest orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine doctors utilizing the latest and most effective procedures when performing hip arthroscopy. To schedule a consultation with one of our talented arthroscopic hip surgeons in Beverly Hills, call (855) 360-9119 today.
If you are interested in learning more about hip arthroscopy offered at La Peer Health Systems, please visit HipSurgeryMD, which is our site dedicate completely to hip surgery.
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