Hip Arthroscopy

What is Hip Arthroscopy?

Hip Arthroscopy is a surgical process wherein the Los Angeles orthopedic doctor makes an incision in your hip, inserts a small camera attached to a small tube, and then explores the hip joint in search of the damage. Once it is found, the doctor can then make a nearby incision and insert microscopic surgical tools to conduct repairs as necessary.

Who qualifies for Hip Arthroscopy?

Those who suffer from severe damage to the hip joint, and have exhausted all other non-surgical options can inquire about Hip Arthroscopy. This is often a last resort procedure meant for those who have no other non-surgical treatment options.

This may include cartilage damage, labral tears, or loose bodies.

What happens before Hip Arthroscopy?

Before you have the procedure done, you will be asked to meet with a surgeon who will review your medical history and discuss the procedure and the recovery process with you. In most cases you will have to visit your primary care provider to have blood work and checkup tests complete to verify your current health condition.

Once this is done, you will discuss any potential complications from the procedure and plan out a recovery process that you must adhere to following the surgery. The hospital will contact you before the procedure to discuss things such as what you should not eat or drink before the surgery, what clothes you should wear, and what time you should arrive. When you do arrive on the day of the procedure, a staff member from the anesthesia department will meet with you to discuss the local anesthetic and general anesthetic options you can select. Having both will help to offset the pain felt after the surgery.

What happens after the Hip Arthroscopy?

After the procedure, you will be discharged from the hospital after a few hours, depending on the severity of the procedure. In some cases, once the surgeon gets into your joint, they may find that a great deal needs to be done, in which case you might be asked to stay overnight to be monitored. It is important that you have someone to drive you home when everything is complete.

You should be able to feed yourself and dress yourself after the first week. You may be able to return to your normal activities and work after one week, depending on the severity of the case. You should also note that your Beverly Hills orthopedic doctor will create a unique physical therapy recovery program with you, which you will need to adhere to in order to rehabilitate your body.

What are the potential complications?

As with any surgical process, the most common complications that might occur include severe bleeding or infection. You will be given antibiotics and pain medication after your procedure to help prevent infection and to manage your pain.

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2953303/

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00572