Arthroscopy, also referred to as keyhole or minimally invasive surgery, is a procedure in which an arthroscope is inserted into a joint to detect any damage and repair it simultaneously.
An arthroscope is a small, fiber-optic instrument consisting of a lens, light source and video camera. The camera projects images of the inside of the joint onto a large monitor, allowing the surgeon to look for any damage, assess the type of injury and repair the problem.
Hip arthroscopy is a surgical procedure performed through very small incisions to diagnose and perform therapeutic procedures including:
Hip arthroscopy is performed under regional or general anesthesia depending on you and your surgeon’s preference.
Your surgeon will make 2 or 3 small incisions about 1/4 inch in length around the hip joint. Through one of the incisions, an arthroscope is inserted. Along with it, a sterile solution is pumped into the joint to expand the joint area and create room for the surgeon to work. The large image on the television monitor allows the surgeon to visualize the joint directly and determine the extent of the damage so that it can be surgically treated. Surgical instruments will be inserted through other tiny incisions to treat the problem. After the surgery, the incisions are closed and covered with a bandage.
The advantages of hip arthroscopy over the traditional open hip surgery include:
As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications involved. It is very important that you are informed of these risks before you decide to proceed with hip arthroscopy surgery. Possible risks and complications include:
Your doctor may advise you to take certain precautions to promote faster recovery and prevent further complications. These may include:
With advances in surgical techniques, arthroscopy plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of hip diseases. Patients can also anticipate quicker recovery with less postoperative complications following hip arthroscopy surgery.