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Hip Arthroscopic Surgery
Hip pain can be a very painful and debilitating condition. Some people suffer with hip pain for many years and have not been able to find relief in spite of numerous doctor visits and treatments. Hip pain diagnosis comes in many forms, but over the past 10 years there has been a significant evolution in treatment of hip pain coming from cartilage, bone, and soft tissues injuries. These structures can be torn over many years of wear and tear or even by an acute injury. These conditions are seen in all age groups. In years past, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and injection of cortisone have been used to treat these causes of hip pain. If these treatments were not effective, some patients were offered hip replacement. Many of these patients did not have significant arthritic symptoms but had no other significant alternative to help relieve their pain. With recent advances in technology a new procedure, hip arthroscopy, has given orthopaedic surgeons the capability to evaluate and treat labrum tears, cartilage injuries and early hip arthritic changes.
Patients that are candidates for this procedure have the hip arthroscopy surgery in the morning and leave the hospital or surgery center in the early afternoon. Most patients will have three to five small portal type incisions, usually needing only one stitch to close. Patients use crutches for approximately one month, and participating in physical therapy. Typically, patients are back to participating in daily activities in six weeks and back to certain sporting activities within three to four months. Most patients experience a significant decrease in their pre-operative pain and are very pleased with their newfound abilities. Nearly all of these patients had experienced pain for many years and to have a substantial pain reduction is a very welcome relief!
THE FUTURE OF HIP ARTHROSCOPY
The future of hip arthroscopy is very bright. The procedure truly is the latest advancement in orthopaedic arthroscopic surgery. New technology has allowed for the development of the procedure itself, there are newer advancements forthcoming that will allow orthopeadic surgeons the ability to offer more surgical options by arthroscopic means. As patient’s surgical outcomes are evaluated over time; we will understand the options better and offer these new advances to more patients.