In hip impingement there is abnormal contact between the hip ball (femoral head) and the hip socket (acetabulum). Too much friction between these structures damages the soft tissue that lines the hip joint.
Hip Arthroscopy is a surgery used to treat hip problems. A special tool called an arthroscope has a small camera to look inside the hip joint. Small cuts are made and the doctor uses the arthroscope and other tools to remove and repair the damaged tissue. Surgery can repair a tear in the labrum, the thick ring of cartilage or soft tissue that lines the hip socket. Tears are fixed by using special anchors that hold the labrum to the hip socket. If you have a problem with the shape of the ball of the femur or thigh bone, the bone can be shaved or changed so that the ball of the femur fits better into the hip joint. This is done with a special tool during surgery called a burr.
Are you a candidate for Hip Arthroscopy?
Here are factors to consider:
- Do you experience pain with hip internal rotation, flexion, and/or adduction of the hip?
- Do you sometimes feel as if your hip were locked or stuck and it often results in sudden pain?
- Do you feel groin pain with activities such as rising from a chair, getting out of a car, going up / down stairs, prolonged sitting?
- Do you have difficulty in squatting, sitting cross legged?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, then Hip arthroscopy is worth exploring.
Post Op Recovery
Your hip will continue to heal and gain strength for up to 1 year after surgery. Common problems are the loss of strength and limited range of motion as the hip heals. Most patients feel better 3 months after surgery. By 6 months most patients are happy they had surgery.
After Surgery Benefits
- Dramatic pain relief
- Better range of movement
- Better quality of life
- Less chances of early wear and tear of hip