What is a Hip Arthroscopy?

Posted on November 11th, 2015 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group


Are you experiencing chronic hip pain? If traditional nonsurgical treatments such as rest, physical therapy, hot and cold treatments, and medicine haven’t worked, you should consider a hip arthroscopy. Here is some basic information to get you started.

What is a hip arthroscopy?

A hip arthroscopy is a surgical procedure used to give doctors an inside view of the joint. During the procedure, a small camera (known as an arthroscope) is inserted into to your hip joint. The camera is remote controlled by the surgeon and displays on a large television screen, giving your doctors a clear looks at problem areas otherwise not possible through MRIs and X-Rays.

When is a hip arthroscopy recommended?

If you suffer from hip pain that has not subsided through the use of nonsurgical treatments, your doctor may recommend a hip arthroscopy to see what is going on. Some conditions that may cause extensive pain, swelling, and stiffness in your hip include:

  • Injury. Could be caused by sports, an auto collision, or a fall. Either way, a past injury may be contributing to your current pain.

  • Impingement. This happens when bone spurs around the end of your femur cause damage to the joint.

  • Dysplasia. This condition occurs when the thigh bone does not firmly fit into the hip socket, leaving the labrum susceptible to tearing.

  • Synovitis. This is the inflammation of the soft tissue surrounding the hip joint.

  • Loose bodies. The term given to loose fragments of bone or cartilage that have broken off and move around within the joint.

Ask your orthopedic specialist if a hip arthroscopy is right for you. If you are looking for a solution to your hip pain, the experts at Orthopaedic Specialty Group have the experience and tools necessary to get you on the road to recovery. We have a team of knowledgeable doctors and three convenient locations throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut. Call us today to schedule your appointment at (203) 337-2600.