Hip arthroscopy is surgery that is done by making small cuts around your hip and looking inside using a tiny camera. Other medical instruments may also be placed inside to fix your hip.
The most common reasons for hip arthroscopy are to:
Less common reasons for hip arthroscopy are:
The risks for any anesthesia are:
The risks for any surgery are:
Other risks from this surgery include:
Always tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.
During the 2 weeks before your surgery:
On the day of your surgery:
Whether you fully recover after hip arthroscopy depends on what type of problem was treated.
If you also have arthritis in your knee, you will still have arthritis symptoms after hip surgery.
After surgery, you will be asked to use crutches for 2 - 6 weeks.
You should be able to return to work within 1 - 2 weeks if you can sit most of the time.You will be referred to physical therapy to begin an exercise program.
Arthroscopy - hip; Hip impingement syndrome - arthroscopy; Femero-acetabular impingement - arthroscopy; FAI - arthroscopy; Labrum - arthroscopy
Miller MD, Hart J. Surgical principles. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 2.
Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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