Hip Arthroscopy

What is Hip Arthroscopy?

Hip arthroscopy, sometimes called a “hip scope,” is a minimally invasive hip surgery in which an orthopedic surgeon uses an arthroscope to examine or treat the inside of the hip joint. The procedure is performed through small incisions using a camera to visualize the inside of a joint. Through these incisions, the surgeon will insert a camera into one incision, and small instruments through the other incisions.

Conditions Treated With Hip Arthroscopy

Not every condition that causes hip pain is treated effectively with an arthroscopic hip surgery, but many can be. These are some of the conditions commonly treated with arthroscopic hip surgery:


Advantages of Hip Arthroscopy

A hip scope has several advantages over traditional open hip surgery, including:


Post-Op and Recovery

Prior to discharge you will be given a written instruction sheet, pictures of your surgery, a prescription for therapy, and a copy of physical therapy (PT) guidelines. Most patients should be able to walk with crutches immediately after surgery with partial weight bearing (foot flat on the ground as you walk). Physical therapy is necessary to achieve the best recovery and, in some cases, can begin the day after surgery. Specific exercises to restore your strength and mobility are important.