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How do they do hip arthroscopy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Visotsky
Occupational Medicine 36 years experience
Hip scope : Thru three or four small incisions a camera and operative tools are inserted . This allows the surgeon to repair or remove tissue.
Dr. Kevin Shaw
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
2-3 small incisions: Traction is applied to the leg to separate the hip joint, small instruments are introduced into the hip. Cartilage is often fixed and bone shaved away.
Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
Typically a patient: Is placed on a special table called a hip distractor. This opens the hip joint space up about 1cm. He or she will then make a series of poke holes to access the joint. Similar to a shoulder or a knee but much more difficult. Thank you!
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Minimally invasive: Arthroscopy entails placing a camera in a joint through a small 1-2 cm incision. Shoulders and knees are the most common joints to undergo arthroscopy however, with advances in equipment and techniques, the hip can also be treated. There are numerous conditions which can be address arthroscopically in the hip: impingement, labral tears, loose bodies, synvovitis, and snapping hip are a few.
Dr. Kevin Shaw
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Looking into joint: A hip scope is a surgery thru small openings to fix problems on the hip.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Visualization in hip: Hip arthroscopy is a diagnostic and therapeutic surgical procedure that entails placing a small camera the width of a pencil into the hip through a small 1 cm incision. Other similar incisions about the hip region allow instruments to be carefully placed into the hip to treat various injuries.

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What can I expect after a hip arthroscopy?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Variable: The hip arthroscopy is still young. Depending on the expertise of your surgeon, and the amount of work to be done, the hip arthroscopy can be minimally painful or can be very uncomfortable for months. When we reshape the bone and repair the labrum, it is a good amount of surgery (though less than an open surgery). If we just look or clean up, it is quite benign.

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