ARTHROSCOPIC HIP SURGERY

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WHAT IS HIP ARTHROSCOPY? 

Hip Arthroscopy is a type of surgery which involves small incisions to the hip followed by the insertion of a tiny camera with a tool that goes into the hip joint itself in a minimally invasive manner to diagnose injuries and issues or to repair certain damaged structures. This procedure has become immensely popular in recent years thanks to the fact that this method offers faster recovery times compared to open incision surgery, as well as allowing surgeons to see and address many issues that were previously impossible to rectify.

Typically, hip arthroscopy is used to help repair labral tears, femoral acetabular impingement, loose bodies within the joint and diagnostic purposes. Depending on the reason for the arthroscopy and the particular patient’s case, arthroscopic hip surgery can be performed as an outpatient surgery with a fairly fast recovery time.

WHY CHOOSE ARTHROSCOPIC HIP SURGERY?

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PRIMARY BENEFITS OF HIP ARTHROSCOPY

There are many benefits to arthroscopic hip surgery over more traditional open surgery methods, though whether a particular patient is a good candidate for this form of procedure is dependent upon their medical history, orthopedic surgery needs and their surgeon’s recommendations.

The primary benefits of arthroscopic hip surgery are as follows:

  • Decreased recovery time compared to traditional open surgery methods
  • Potential for outpatient surgery, allowing patients to recover from home instead of within the hospital
  • Smaller incisions, meaning less pain and a faster recovery
  • Highly accurate repair of small structures within the hip itself, previously inaccessible in traditional open surgery procedures
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ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR ARTHROSCOPIC HIP SURGERY?

Whether or not you are a candidate for this form of hip surgery is entirely dependent on your consultations and examinations with your surgeon, Dr. Goradia. The easiest and most accurate way to determine whether or not this surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for a personalized treatment plan.

Dr. Goradia does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to orthopedic surgery, so your treatment plan will be created just for you, where all nonsurgical treatment options are exhausted before resorting to surgery of any kind, arthroscopic or otherwise. At your appointment, Dr. Goradia will discuss your symptoms and medical history, perform a physical exam and review and discuss any X-rays, MRIs or MRAs that were ordered.

When used for diagnostic purposes, arthroscopy will only be used when less-invasive methods such as imaging scans or external physical exams prove insufficient. At your consultation, Dr. Goradia will discuss your options for diagnosis and treatment to ensure you get the care that you deserve for all your orthopedic surgery needs.

ARTHROSCOPIC HIP SURGERY RECOVERY

After arthroscopic surgery to rectify any issues within the joint, your symptoms should improve immediately. Recurrence of some pain is normal as the joint lining heals, but this can be managed with pain killers and temporary lifestyle adjustments that allow your joint time to heal and reduce the risk of further irritation.

After surgery, you may experience a sensation akin to water in your hip or you may hear bubbling noises resulting from the fluid used during surgery, but this will quickly be absorbed by the body and swelling should subside within the week. Any sutures will typically be removed between seven to ten days after surgery, though your personal recovery time may vary depending on the specific treatment that was performed during your procedure.

As with most surgeries related to the hip, hip arthroscopy recipients commonly rely on a walker or crutches for a few weeks after surgery, paired with regular physical therapy. Over the course of three to six months, the hip will strengthen so you no longer feel any pain during or after physical activity and can return to performing daily tasks without discomfort.

If you think you or someone you know may be a candidate for arthroscopic hip surgery, contact G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine today. If you’ve already spoken with a surgeon and are looking for a second opinion, we can help. Request an appointment online or give us a call at 804-678-9000 to get started.

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