Hip Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

July 24, 2015

The Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery in Treating Hip Joint Pain


The advent of improved techniques for arthroscopic hip procedures allows for lower risk of infection and faster recovery.

15% of people older than 65 suffer from hip pain. Problems within the hip joint itself tend to result in pain on the inside of the hip or groin. Hip surgery may help reduce, or even eliminate, your chronic hip pain.

What Does Arthroscopic Hip Surgery Involve?
Arthroscopic hip surgery refers to a type of surgery that uses an arthroscope – a small diagnostic camera. During the surgery, the surgeon makes a small incision in your side and inserts the arthroscope to observe the interior of your hip.

After identifying the source of your hip pain, your surgeon will insert other compact surgical tools through the incision and repair the problematic area. The surgeon will then remove the equipment, close and dress the incision, and send you into surgical recovery.

Is Arthroscopic Hip Surgery Right for Me?
Arthroscopic surgery is typically recommended for patients with hip disorders that nonsurgical procedures have been unable to treat. If you have one of the following conditions, you may qualify for this procedure:

  • Dysplasia
  • Synovitis
  • Damaged bone or cartilage
  • Excess fluid buildup around the hip joint caused by infection
  • Arthritis
  • Loose bone or cartilage bodies
  • Hip joint infection
  • Snapping hip syndrome
  • Tendon damage

Arthroscopic surgery is increasingly popular for its less traumatic effect on the body, and the resulting reduction in pain and recovery time. For this reason, the number of arthroscopic hip procedures has increased eighteen-fold since 1999.

The Benefits of Arthroscopic Hip Surgery
The microscopic camera used in arthroscopic surgery allows surgeons the precision to address hip injuries that previously went undiagnosed and untreated.

Because the incisions involved in arthroscopic hip surgery are small, the procedure carries a lower risk of infection, blood clots, and other complications. You will also experience less pain after surgery than with traditional open hip surgery. The pain you do experience can be easily controlled with prescription pain medication.

Most patients need as little as two hours in the recovery room before returning home. You will most likely be able to return to your daily activities within a few days, although you should heed your surgeon’s recommended timetable before resuming high-impact exercises and sports.

You should be able to walk without assistance a few days after surgery. However, depending on the extent of your surgery, you might have to use crutches for up to a month. Full recovery from open hip surgery can take anywhere from three to six months.

For the best recovery results, follow your surgeon’s recommendations regarding physical therapy following your surgery. Your physical therapist will provide you with a list of hip exercises focused on strength and mobility.

Long-term lifestyle changes are generally unnecessary after arthroscopic hip surgery. However, your surgeon may advise you to permanently avoid high-impact sports to prevent new damage to your hip.

If you would like to learn more about arthroscopic hip surgery in Arkansas, contact Arkansas Surgical Hospital at (877) 918-7020 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced orthopedic surgeons.

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