Pediatric Arthroscopic Hip Surgery

Minimally invasive joint procedures

When a child needs surgery, our goal is to make it as easy on the patient as possible. Every patient is different. Our doctors work with each patient to determine treatment options.

When surgery is needed, our doctors may recommend a minimally invasive procedure. Some hip conditions can be treated with arthroscopic surgery. 

What happens during arthroscopic hip surgery?

During an arthroscopic hip surgery, the doctor puts a small camera and tools into the joint through several small openings. This allows doctors to view the condition and repair it with tiny surgical instruments likes shavers, drills and burs. The pain is mild and most patients can go home the same day. This type of surgery can be used for several hip disorders, including labral tears, but not all of them. 
Watch our animation that explains how arthroscopic hip surgery is performed by our doctors

What are the advantages of arthroscopic hip surgery?

The advantages of arthroscopic surgery over open surgery include:

  • Less pain
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Possibly an earlier return to school and other activities
  • No overnight stay required (in most cases)

What conditions can be treated with hip arthroscopy?

Not every hip condition can be treated with an arthroscopic procedure. But advancements have made it an option for a growing list of hip conditions, including:

What is the recovery like following minimally invasive hip surgery?

Recovery time for arthroscopic hip surgery is shorter than for open surgeries. Each procedure is different and may have a different set of guidelines for recovery.  Immediately after surgery, patients can expect:

  • Temporary tingling in their feet from the traction boots worn during surgery 
  • To feel sick to their stomach or throw up because of anesthesia
  • Temporary swelling and numbness at the site of the surgery from a shot that helps with pain

Following these directions can help heal the injury and ease pain.

  • Change your bandage after two days.
  • Do not get the incision wet until your doctor says it is OK. 
  • Use a Game Ready sleeve if your doctor suggests it.
  • Wear a hip brace if you doctor recommends it.
  • Get sutures removed after two weeks.
  • Do not drive until your doctor clears you.
  • Do not put a lot of weight on the injured leg by leaning on it. Your can walk on it with crutches.
  • Do not plant or turn on the injured leg.
  • Do not point your toes out. Keep them facing forward when lying down and on crutches. 
  • Do not bend over too far, such as when you tie your shoes or pick something up off the floor.
  • Use a continuous passive motion (CPM) machine according to your doctor's instructions.
  • Use ice to help relieve pain. You can also use pain medicine according to your doctor's instructions. 

Physical therapy 

Physical therapy is required in most cases before and after surgery. Physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process that helps patients regain movement. 

Physical therapy will:

  • Teach weight-bearing restrictions.
  • Strengthen hip muscles.
  • Help in the recovery process.

Your doctor will let you know how much physical therapy is needed. It typically takes three to four months before you will be able to return to sports or exercise.