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What is hip arthroscopy?
What is hip arthroscopy?

By: Dr. Ryan Pitts

Doctors often want to know the extent and severity of an injury or condition without undergoing the risk of invasive surgery. Patients who suffer from hip injuries are at a higher risk of further health complications due to their condition. This is where hip arthroscopy proves its greatest value.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, hip arthroscopy is a “surgical procedure that allows doctors to view the hip joint without making a large incision (cut) through the skin and other soft tissues.” (AAOS) The surgeon inserts a small camera called an arthroscope into the hip region and takes pictures. Any necessary incisions will be miniscule compared to the full incision required for a more invasive inspection of the joint area.

Hip arthroscopy is not as widely used as knee and shoulder arthroscopy, but it is nevertheless still effective. Surgeons often use hip arthroscopy to identify smaller problem areas and conduct minor procedures. Some surgeries that are often conducted during hip arthroscopy include the following, among others:

  • Repairing torn cartilage

  • Removing inflamed synovial tissue

  • Trim away bone spurs caused by a variety of conditions

The miniature size of the incisions mean the smallest amount of invasion possible. Hip arthroscopy allows surgeons to perform vital hip-related surgical procedures without the significant recovery time of a traditional hip surgery.

If you’re suffering from pain or discomfort in your hip region, hip arthroscopy may be an excellent decision. Our Orthopedic Associates team is experienced in conducting a variety of treatment options for patients with hip pain. We help you explore a variety of proven medical procedures, both nonsurgical and surgical, to find the right treatment for you.

Don’t let hip pain keep you from enjoying the life you want. Take the time to connect with one of our board-certified physicians today. Click here to schedule an appointment with Orthopedic Associates.

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