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What are the common complications from hip arthroscopy?
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
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In brief: Failure to improve
Complications after hip arthroscopy are rare, but also include infection, blood clots and nerve or blood vessel damage.

In brief: Failure to improve
Complications after hip arthroscopy are rare, but also include infection, blood clots and nerve or blood vessel damage.
Dr. Barry Waldman
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Dr. Vishal Shah
A temporary or transient nerve injury is the most common complication after hip surgery. If this occurs it is usually temporary and resolves spontaneously. Other complications are rare but can occur and are listed here.
Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Complications
Common complications include neurapraxia or nerve injury.
This can be do to compression or stretching. Mist of these injuries resolve on their own shortly after surgery. Other complications include lack of improvement, muscle weakness, soreness, and obviously pain.

In brief: Complications
Common complications include neurapraxia or nerve injury.
This can be do to compression or stretching. Mist of these injuries resolve on their own shortly after surgery. Other complications include lack of improvement, muscle weakness, soreness, and obviously pain.
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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Risk usually minimal
Certain risks such as infection, nerve or vessel damage are generally less than 1-2%.
Complications specific to hip arthroscopy include: transient pudendal nerve palsy, instrument breakage, and suture abscess (superficial infection at skin entry/portal site). Speak with your surgeon to discuss the specifics of your case.

In brief: Risk usually minimal
Certain risks such as infection, nerve or vessel damage are generally less than 1-2%.
Complications specific to hip arthroscopy include: transient pudendal nerve palsy, instrument breakage, and suture abscess (superficial infection at skin entry/portal site). Speak with your surgeon to discuss the specifics of your case.
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Dr. Robert Meislin
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Hip arthroscopy
The use of the word "common" does not usually go hand in hand with an elective procedure.
Otherwise no one would have the procedure. A better way of looking at it would be the "risks" of surgery. What can go wrong but usually does not: possible superficial infection at the portal sites, incomplete elimination of all hip pain, the need for further hip surgery, permanent superficial nerve damage.

In brief: Hip arthroscopy
The use of the word "common" does not usually go hand in hand with an elective procedure.
Otherwise no one would have the procedure. A better way of looking at it would be the "risks" of surgery. What can go wrong but usually does not: possible superficial infection at the portal sites, incomplete elimination of all hip pain, the need for further hip surgery, permanent superficial nerve damage.
Dr. Robert Meislin
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Dr. John McDonald
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Couple more
Exceptionally rare but cases of femoral neck fracture, abdominal compartment syndrome (swelling in the belly that can be life threatening), and rapid progression of arthritis have been reported.
The surgery is typically very safe and effective when performed by a trained hip arthroscopist.

In brief: Couple more
Exceptionally rare but cases of femoral neck fracture, abdominal compartment syndrome (swelling in the belly that can be life threatening), and rapid progression of arthritis have been reported.
The surgery is typically very safe and effective when performed by a trained hip arthroscopist.
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