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Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed through 2 or 3 small 5-10mm incisions (ie. key hole surgery) using an advanced HD camera and special instruments to visualise and work inside and around the hip joint. A specially designed hip traction table is used to allow access into the hip joint.

What Are The Benefits Of Hip Arthroscopy?

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive approach resulting in less tissue damage, less pain, less blood loss, and faster recovery and return of function. Patients are allowed to immediately weight-bear and walk, and can go off crutches as soon as they are able. Hip arthroscopy can be performed as a “day-case” (ie. going home the same day) but patients typically choose to go home the following day.

Advantages of Hip Arthroscopy

Minimizing hip pain and scarring
Decreasing recovery time
Postponing hip arthritis by treating its cause in the early stages
Delaying or eliminating the need for a hip replacement by preemptively treating of conditions that cause osteoarthritis of the hip

Hip arthroscopy is indicated when conservative measures fail to relieve symptoms related to femoroacetabular impingement, a condition that has been poorly understood and under-treated in the past. Advances have made hip arthroscopy a safe and effective alternative to open surgery of the hip, a tremendous advantage in treating early hip conditions that ultimately can advance to end-stage arthritis. Hospital for Special Surgery hip surgeons have the special training and high volume of experience to perform hip arthroscopy skillfully and with documented successful outcome.