About Hip Arthroscopy
Hip arthroscopy is highly preferred by Tower Orthopaedics surgeons to treat and diagnose a multitude of hip diseases.
Arthroscopy is performed by creating small incisions (usually about 1 centimeter each) then inserting surgical instruments through those incisions. Among the surgical instruments is a special device (an arthroscope) which consists of a tiny tube, a lens, and a light source. Once inserted, surgeons can look for joint damage or disease. If necessary, the device can also be used to assist in reconstructive procedures.
Conditions Treated with Hip Arthroscopy:
The labrum of the hip is a cuff of thick tissue that surrounds the hip socket. The labrum helps to support the hip joint.
A tear in the Labrum is usually identified as a tear in tissue that becomes pinched in the joint causing a clicking and catching sensation followed by pain in the groin or buttock region.
Loose fragments (bodies) are pieces of cartilage or bone that become detached and swim around in the joint. If loose bodies get stuck, pain or swelling may occur and the hip may begin to lock or snap when performing certain movement.
Some patients may suffer pain from bone on bone contact at the hip joint (arthritis) . Once arthritis occurs, (bone spurs) or un-natural bone growth may soon follow which can trigger impingement (pinching) inside the hip joint. If caught early enough, surgeons can use arthroscopy to remove bone spurs to allow uninhibited movement of the hip joint.
Injury or trauma to the hip could cause cartilage to break away from the surface of the bone. Arthroscopy would allow surgeons to detect and remove loose cartilage in the hip.