Arthroscopic Hip Surgery

What is hip arthroscopy?

If you are suffering from hip pain or impaired mobility due to a hip condition, injury, or other hip-related problems, surgery may be an appropriate treatment option when nonsurgical treatment is ineffective. Hip surgery can be performed as traditional open surgery or as an arthroscopic procedure, also known as hip arthroscopy. Open surgery typically involves one complete, sometimes large, surgical incision that gives your doctor complete access to the desired procedure area. A hip arthroscopy involves a few small keyhole-sized incisions, versus one full incision, to allow your doctor to access certain areas of the procedure site.

The type of surgery that your doctor recommends will depend on your medical needs — some procedures may require full access to the surgical site, while other procedures may only require limited access to the surgical site.

Here at our practice, we specialize in the use of arthroscopic surgery in the treatment of hip-related conditions and injuries.

When is hip arthroscopy needed?

If you are experiencing hip pain or other hip-related symptoms that are interfering with daily routines and activities, surgery may be recommended when conservative treatment is ineffective. Arthroscopic hip surgery can be used to help treat various types of hip-related injuries and conditions, including:

  • Labral tears
  • Hip impingement, also known as femoroacetabular impingement
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Snapping hip syndrome
  • Loose bodies
  • Synovitis
  • Hip joint infection

Hip procedures performed via arthroscopic surgery may include:

  • Labral reconstruction
  • Labral repair
  • Bone spur removal
  • Extraction of swollen tissue or loose cartilage

What does hip arthroscopy involve?

Hip surgery can be performed as one of two types of surgery — open surgery or arthroscopic surgery — each involving different approaches, pros, cons, recovery times, and results. Platelet-rich plasma therapy may also be recommended during surgery to help promote healing and enhance recovery time.

A hip arthroscopy involves your doctor making a limited number of keyhole-sized incisions near the required area of operation. Your doctor will then gently introduce a thin medical device equipped with a light and camera into the appropriate incision hole. A TV monitor then displays images of the hip, allowing your doctor to view the surgical site on screen, assess your joint, and complete any required treatment.

What are the benefits of hip arthroscopy?

Hip arthroscopy may be beneficial if you are experiencing pain due to a hip-related injury or condition and have tried conservative treatment options but are still experiencing symptoms that interfere with your daily activates. Hip arthroscopy surgery can help:

  • Restore quality of life
  • Improve mobility
  • Alleviate pain

If you are experiencing hip pain or a decrease in hip mobility, a consultation with an orthopedic specialist may be the first step towards discovering a treatment and recovery plan that is right for you. Dr. Burrus is an experienced fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who is dedicated to providing high-quality, specialized holistic care. Call 512.477.6341 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.