Arthroscopic Hip Surgery
Hip arthroscopy is a type of surgery which involves small incisions and the use of a camera with a tool that go into the hip joint itself in a minimally invasive manner to repair certain damaged structures, or to diagnose certain injuries or issues. The use of arthroscopy has become very popular in recent years, because it does allow for a fast recovery, we can address multiple issues which could not previously have been dealt with using open incision surgery.
Typically, hip arthroscopy can be used to help with labral tears, femoral acetabular impingement, loose bodies within the joint, as well as be used for diagnostic purposes. Depending on the reason for the arthroscopy, this can be an outpatient surgery, with a fairly fast recovery. The benefits of arthroscopy are decreased recovery time, smaller incisions, and very accurate repair of small structures within the hip itself.
This is an evolving technique which has great utility, however it does have some limitations, and it is up to a discussion between you and your surgeon regarding if you should require surgery and if hip arthroscopy is the right choice.