Hip Arthroscopy

A hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat hip joint injuries or conditions.

Hip pain and stiffness can result from multiple problems including injured ligaments, loose bone fragments, joint surface damage, and other medical conditions, including arthritis, gout, and infection. To diagnose and treat various causes of hip pain, a hip arthroscopy is often indicated.

Hip arthroscopy is designed to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of hip pain and injury. With the arthroscope, your surgeon can look directly into your hip allowing them to make a more accurate diagnosis and decide on the best treatment option for you.

Hip arthroscopy with Clearpoint Health

Patients from across Canada and around the world choose Clearpoint Health for a hip arthroscopy. Our subspecialist hip surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performance and outcome with this procedure. We strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care. Combined with our patient centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.

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What is a hip arthroscopy?

A hip arthroscopy is a surgical diagnostic procedure used to diagnose the cause of certain types of hip pain. The surgeon uses the arthroscope—a tiny camera—to look directly into the joint and surrounding area. This enables a more accurate diagnosis so the surgeon can decide on the best treatment option. The surgeon may be able to treat the hip pain using small surgical instruments in addition to the arthroscope.

What does a hip arthroscopy treat?

A hip arthroscopy may be recommended for these hip problems:

  • Loose cartilage or bone fragments
  • Hip joint infection
  • Labral cartilage tears of the hip
  • Inflamed tissue in the hip joint

What to expect with a hip arthroscopy

Patients may need to follow specific advice before a hip arthroscopy. A hip arthroscopy typically requires general anesthesia. This means the patient is unconscious for the duration of the procedure. The surgeon first makes a small incision or incisions in the hip area. This is large enough for small instruments, including a camera to guide the surgeon, to be inserted to perform the surgery.

Recovery after a hip arthroscopy

After surgery, the patient is taken to a recovery room to be monitored in case there are any complications. The procedure does not typically require an overnight stay. A patient must have someone on-hand to drive them home. While each patient is different, arthroscopy typically allows for a shorter recovery period than more invasive surgery techniques. It is usual for patients to use a walker or crutches for a period after the surgery.

Next steps: Book your hip arthroscopy consultation

If you are ready to discuss your hip arthroscopy needs with our surgeons, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today. To discover your health options your patient care coordinator will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Incision techniques
  • Potential risks and complications