Hip Arthroscopy: An Alternative to Traditional Surgery For Your Hip Injury

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Hip arthroscopy or hip scope is a type of hip surgery where an arthroscope (a small camera) is inserted into the side of the hip through a small cut. This allows orthopedic surgeons to view the inside of the hip joint, which helps them in diagnosing the cause of the hip condition. In some cases, arthroscopy can also be used to treat certain hip injuries.

Benefits of Hip Arthroscopy

hip scope in Provo is a minimally invasive surgery and that is its main advantage over a traditional surgery. With just a small incision, a number of procedures can already be done within the hip joint. A smaller incision means shorter recovery time and stay at the hospital. In most cases, the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. There is also less risk of complication and infection during and after the surgery.

Furthermore, hip conditions that can lead to osteoarthritis can be treated with hip arthroscopy before it worsens, so patients can delay or even avoid a hip replacement.

What Conditions Can a Hip Arthroscopy Treat?

Hip arthroscopy can be used to remove loose bone fragments inside the hip joint. It can also treat many hip related injuries, such as:

  • Hip dysplasia where the upper leg bone and its socket are not properly fitted with each other
  • Hip (femoroacetabular) impingement, which is the leading cause of osteoarthritis
  • Synovitis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the joint
  • Snapping or popping of the hips upon movement
  • Other hip injuries

If you are experiencing hip pain for more than six months and are not responding to physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory medications, your doctor may recommend a hip arthroscopy.

While a hip arthroscopy can treat many hip conditions, some injuries still require a traditional surgery, such as a hip replacement. An experienced orthopedic surgeon will advise you whether you need to undergo a hip arthroscopy or a traditional surgery, or if a non-invasive treatment can still work for your case.