Hip arthroscopy may be recommended by your surgeon once conservative treatments no longer help your hip symptoms. Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that allows your surgeon to access and view the injured hip joint and its surrounding structures. The procedure is performed through 3 to 4 small (1/2 inch) incisions on the outside of the hip. An arthroscope, a specialized instrument containing a small camera, is inserted into the hip joint. This allows your surgeon to view and surgically repair your hip with the use of small surgical instruments. Hip arthroscopy may not be recommended for all. A thorough examination of your individual condition and requirements for treatment are considered before suggesting hip arthroscopy.
Some advantages of minimally invasive surgery and hip arthroscopy include: