Arthroscopy comes from the greek words arthro (joint) and skopein (to look) and the term literally translates to look within the joint.
Arthroscopy began as a simple diagnostic tool for planning open surgery but with the development of better instrumentation and surgerical techniques many conditions can now be treated arthroscopically.
Hip Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses small incisions and an Arthroscope to thoroughly visualise inside and outside the joint and accurately determine and carry out the required treatment.
Faster Recovery Times, Less Pain
As opposed to traditional "open" surgery, the hip joint does not need to be fully opened up with Hip Arthroscopy, incisions are small and there is less damage to surrounding tissue. Patients are able to recover much faster and will generally be mobile immediately after surgery once recovered from the anaesthetic. Usually a patient will be able to put as much weight as they can tolerate on the affected hip with the aid of crutches for stability. In most cases treatment can be provided as outpatient day surgery and patients can be home the same day.
Regular physiotherapy aids with recovery and restoration of normal hip function. It is not unusual for patients to return to work or school or resume daily activities within a few days. Athletes and others in good physical condition may be able to return to athletic activities within weeks. Recovery time will however reflect the individual diagnosis and preexisting condition of the patient and recovery times will vary accordingly.
What Conditions can be Treated with Hip Arthroscopy?
- Diagnosis and treatment of Labral Tears
- Removal of loose bodies and foreign bodies (ie. pieces of cartilage that form in the joint)
- Some arthritis related conditions
- Cartilage damage
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The inside of almost all moveable joints can be examined with an Arthroscope, however it is most commonly used for knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle and wrist.