When surgery is unavoidable, our goal is to make it as easy on the patient as possible. Some hip conditions can be treated with arthroscopic surgery. These are minimally invasive surgeries in which a small camera is inserted into the joint through several small incisions. This allows doctors to view the condition and repair it with miniature surgical instruments like shavers, drills and burs.
The advantages of arthroscopic surgery over open surgery include less pain, shorter recovery time and possibly an earlier return to activity. It also gives doctors a detailed view of the hip without a more involved procedure. These surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis, keeping any inconvenience to the patient at a minimum.
Not every hip condition can be treated with an arthroscopic procedure. Advancements in technology and technique, however, have made arthroscopic surgery an option for a growing selection of hip conditions, including:
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. Physical therapy is required in most cases.