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.

Benefits compared to open surgery

Open Surgery

Arthoscopic Surgery

  • Large incision
  • Slow Recovery Time (months)
  • Requires hospital for Post-operative care
  • Increased blood loss
  • Longer postoperative pain
  • Small incisions
    (1 centimeter)
  • Quick Recovery (weeks)
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Shorter postoperative pain due to smaller incisions

Conditions Treated with Hip Arthroscopy

Labral Tear

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

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.

Early Arthritis

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.

Cartilage Damage

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.