Whether you’ve experienced an injury or are living with a disease such as arthritis, hip conditions can greatly impact your ability to lead a mobile and pain-free life. Rebound surgeons offer a range of less invasive hip surgeries to correct these issues and help you regain an active lifestyle.
A common and successful procedure used to treat hip conditions is hip arthroscopy.
“A functioning hip is vital to comfortable mobility. As one of the most important joints in the body, our hip helps our leg bend and rotate,” says Dr. DaSilva.
“When pain or injury interfere with this type of movement, anything from basic activities like lifting groceries to more athletic activities like walking and jogging become challenging, if not impossible.”
What is Hip Arthroscopy?
Hip arthroscopy is a treatment that involves accessing the hip and inserting a camera, or “arthroscope,” into the hip joint, allowing the surgeon to see the interior of the joint while he or she identifies the issue and surgically corrects it.
“This type of procedure allows us to see inside the joint in order to better diagnose the problem,” says Dr. DaSilva. “Our technology at Rebound lets us display very defined and detailed images while we fix damaged areas of the joint.”
While the duration of the surgery depends on the extent of damage of the condition, hip arthroscopy typically takes between one to two hours. During hip arthroscopy, our surgeons may remove tissue, smooth or repair cartilage or trim the bone/bone spurs.
What Conditions Does Hip Arthroscopy Correct?
When painful or immobilizing conditions are not solved by nonsurgical methods, Rebound surgeons may recommend hip arthroscopy. Typically, this procedure may help problems involving inflamed or damaged tissues, cartilage or labrum (cartilage around the hip socket that provides stability and functionality).
“We see a wide range of instances in which hip arthroscopy could be helpful for patients, whether it is an injury that has caused inflammation or something like impingement, which people are born with,” says Dr. DaSilva.
Some of the most conditions that hip arthroscopy corrects or improves include dysplasia, snapping hip, femoroacetabular impingement, arthritis, infection and fragmented bone or cartilage that have loosened and move freely.
What Risks are Associated with Hip Arthroscopy?
Fortunately, complications during or after surgery are rare with hip arthroscopy.
“Like with any surgery, we always discuss the risks associated, whether they are small or uncommon,” says Dr. DaSilva.
“Hip arthroscopy is commonly a successful procedure, carrying risks that are associated with many forms of surgery, like blood clots or infection. We work with patients to design a recovery plan that suits their condition and gets them on their way to being active again.”
Hip arthroscopy recovery and rehabilitation plans involve the use of crutches (sometimes one to two months), incision care to prevent infection and physical therapy exercises.
To make an appointment to visit with one of our hip specialists, call 1-800-REBOUND or request an appointment online.
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