Hip Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which an examination and sometimes treatment of damage of the interior of a joint is performed using an arthroscope, a type of endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision. Arthroscopic procedures can be performed either to evaluate or to treat many orthopaedic conditions including torn floating cartilage, torn surface cartilage, ACL reconstruction, and trimming damaged cartilage.
The advantage of arthroscopy over traditional open surgery is that the joint does not have to be opened up fully.
What conditions may be treated by hip arthroscopy?
Impingement of the hip occurs in teenage or early adult life, and is due to a mismatch between the shape of the hip ball and socket. This irregularity causes high pressures in the joint and may lead to cartilage damage. Patients will have groin pain on rotation of the hip and exercise might be limited as a result. Often they will be diagnosed as having recurrent groin strains.
What's involved in a hip arthroscopy procedure?
‘Key-hole’ hip surgery has advanced in recent years and now is more commonly used as an intervention for some hip problems. Hip arthroscopy is a key-hole surgical technique allowing the inside of the joint to be visualised and any cartilage damage to be corrected. The cartilage rim of the socket may be torn and need trimming or repairing. Loose bodies can be removed and any irregularity in the shape of the femoral neck region can be smoothed off, reducing subsequent impingement. This may reduce the chances of subsequently developing osteoarthritis.
Hip arthroscopy is done as a day case procedure through three 1 cm incisions at the top of the leg. Pain is usually not severe and wears off within a few days. It may take 2-3 months to return to full sport and running. Unless there is established osteoarthritis in the joint, the majority of patients make a full recovery.
Is hip arthroscopy surgery available on the NHS?
Hip arthroscopies are currently being restricted by the NHS in some areas of the UK and waiting lists are becoming significantly longer. For these reasons many people opt for private treatment.
Why should I consider having a hip arthroscopy operation at a Spire hospital?
Whether you have medical insurance or are paying for your treatment yourself, with Spire Healthcare you will be seen quickly by the consultant-grade surgeon of your choice at a time that suits you. You will be treated in a premium private hospital with some of the UK's highest standards of cleanliness and infection control. What’s more, you’ll be able to recuperate in your own private room with friends and family able to visit when you wish.
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