Hip arthroscopy could help reduce hip pain and enable a quicker recovery

July 2015

Groin and hip pain can be a source of frustration for young adults wanting to maintain fitness or even manage day-to-day activities. Patients generally present with groin pain provoked by twisting, or impact sports, which begins to restrict their ability to run, and can progress to affect walking and even sleeping.

Hip arthroscopy is a means of assessing and treating patients using a minimally invasive 'keyhole' technique that enables a more rapid recovery and return to work. Where open surgery left patients unable to work for six weeks or more, hip arthroscopy enables us to treat patients as a day case admission with the expectation of a return to work in less than two weeks.

The most common cause of groin pain is a labral tear which can be explored and resected or repaired with this technique. But hip arthroscopy can also address hip pathology such as impingement, osteochondral defects, loose bodies, psoas tendonitis and bursitis.

Seb Sturridge and Jonathan Hull have an established arthroscopic hip surgery practice based at Joint Reaction, Spire Clare Park Hospital's Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence. Jonathan started arthroscoping hips over 18 years ago, and Seb during his fellowship training five years ago; between them they now operate on over 250 cases per year. Jonathan is a faculty member of the Smith & Nephew School of Arthroscopy based in York.

At Spire Clare Park Hospital your hip can be accurately imaged with an MRI arthrogram, the results discussed with you and a management plan made at the same appointment. If you would like any more information please contact our Patient Advisor Team on 01252 895 490.

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