What is Hip Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopic surgery of the hip (or hip scope) is a minimally invasive surgical technique which allows the surgeon to access, explore, and operate on the hip joint through very small incisions. The use of an arthroscope (a small instrument containing a lens and fiber optic lighting system) connected to a camera allows the surgeon to see a magnified and enhanced view of the interior of the joint on a television screen, often negating the need for a larger incision (open surgery).
What Hip Conditions Can Be Treated Arthroscopically?
Hip arthroscopy can be used to determine the cause of hip pain (diagnostic arthroscopy), but many hip conditions and injuries can also be treated arthroscopically, including:
- Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
- Labral Tears of the Hip
- Snapping Hip Syndrome
- Loose Bodies in the Hip
- Bone Spurs
- Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome
- Hip Bursitis
- Tendon Tears
Please note: arthroscopic surgery can also be used in combination with open surgery for some procedures.