What is hip arthroscopy?
Hip arthroscopy, also known as a “hip scope,” is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that has revolutionized the way complex hip conditions are treated. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and involves a few small incisions, a high definition camera, and specialized instruments to work inside the hip joint. The surgeon inserts the small camera, called an arthroscope, and the video is projected to a nearby monitor to provide an interior view of the joint. Because the arthroscope and surgical instruments are thin, this allows for very small incisions rather than the larger incision needed for open surgery. Hip arthroscopy results in less pain for patients, less joint stiffness, and often shortens the time it takes to recover and return to favorite activities.
What conditions does Dr. Potts treat with hip arthroscopy?
Dr. Potts may recommend an arthroscopic hip procedure if you have a painful condition that does not respond to conservative measures:
- Hip labral tears
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
- Cartilage damage
- Abductor tears
- Iliopsoas tendonitis
- Trochanteric bursitis
- IT band syndrome
What are the advantages of Hip Arthroscopy?
The advantages of hip arthroscopy over the traditional open hip surgery include:
- Smaller incisions
- Minimal trauma to surrounding ligaments, muscles, and tissues
- Less pain
- Faster recovery
- Lower infection rate
- Less scarring
- Earlier mobilization
- Shorter hospital stay
Hip arthroscopy is a very technically demanding procedure, and your choice of surgeon will significantly impact your outcomes. Dr. Potts is a leading specialist in the latest surgical techniques and minimally invasive treatment of hip conditions. Make an appointment with Dr. Potts for a comprehensive consultation to diagnose your condition and to determine the best course of treatment.