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Arthroscopic surgery may be used to diagnose and treat hip injuries. This minimally invasive approach to surgery may help speed recovery, reduce pain and minimize scarring, when compared to traditional open surgery.
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Arthroscopy uses a device called an arthroscope. This small, pen-shaped instrument has a miniature video camera attached to the end. The arthroscope is inserted through a tiny incision in the hip. The camera relays images to a computer screen. Surgeons can use the images to diagnose the joint problem and to carry out appropriate surgery.
How to Prepare
In order to achieve the best results from hip surgery and help ensure everything goes smoothly, the longer you have to prepare, the better. This is the perfect time to make sure your body is in the best shape for surgery, and a good time to prepare your home for your recovery.
Choosing the Right Doctor
When choosing an orthopaedic surgeon, keep the following things in mind:
- Orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors or osteopaths with an MD or DO degree who have completed a residency in orthopaedics
- They must be certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Recovery & Rehabilitation
Following arthroscopic surgery, you may be drowsy from any general anesthesia or numb from any regional anesthesia. Your health care team will provide you instructions on how to care for your small incisions.
Discomfort & Swelling
Early on, patients will experience some swelling and discomfort in the hip. A prescription for pain medication and an anti-inflammatory drug may be given to help alleviate swelling.
Activities to Avoid
- Prolonged standing
- Prolonged walking
- Heavy lifting
- Sleeping on your side; try to sleep on your back
- Sitting with hips at 90 degrees; a more open position is ideal
A joint is a point where multiple bones meet and work together so that you can perform daily tasks like sit, climb stairs, walk comfortably, etc. The hip joint is described as being a “ball and socket” joint due to the joint’s appearance of a ball (femoral head) fitting snugly in a cup-like socket (acetabulum).
The goal of hip replacement is to help you get back to an active lifestyle with less pain. In a total hip replacement surgery, doctors replace the diseased or damaged hip with an implant consisting of a stem, ball, liner, and acetabular cup.
A hip fracture refers to a break in the bones of the leg or pelvis that make up the hip joint. Hip fractures commonly occur from a fall or from a direct blow to the side of the hip. Doctors classify hip fractures according to their location.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if hip arthroscopy is right for you.