Impingement of the hip joint can lead to pain and hip stiffness.
These bone abnormalities can damage the hip labrum and, more importantly, the articular cartilage in the hip. Articular cartilage allows for the smooth, low friction motion of the hip. Recurrent damage to the articular cartilage leads to Osteoarthritis. Surgery to relieve impingement can reduce hip pain and delay or prevent Osteoarthritis from developing, allowing you to maintain your active lifestyle.
What is arthroscopic hip surgery?
Arthroscopic hip surgery is a minimally-invasive day surgical procedure where the impinging bone is removed, and any torn structures, such as the hip labrum, may be repaired.
The labrum is a protective layer of cartilage found on the rim of the hip socket similar to a rubber gasket found in sealed mechanical devices. It stabilizes, lubricates, and cushions the hip joint while allowing a full range of motion.
Chronic overuse or a trauma to the hip can cause a tear in the cartilage called a labral tear. Patients who play certain sports, such as hockey and golf, which feature repetitive pivoting or twisting motions can often experience these types of injuries. Anatomical abnormalities in the structure of the hip joint (such as impinging bone) can lead to excessive wear on the labrum and result in tearing.
What does arthroscopic hip surgery treat?
- Pain (especially activity induced pain or pain with forward flexion positioning)
- Mechanical catching or locking in the joint
Arthroscopic hip surgery results
This type of surgery can offer a return to normal hip function and reduce hip pain in most patients. It has the potential to delay or prevent the onset of Hip Osteoarthritis.
What to expect with arthroscopic hip surgery
The goal of this minimally-invasive surgery is to trim back impinging bone and prevent tearing or wear of the labral or articular cartilage.
The surgeon first makes small incisions near the hip and inserts a small camera called an arthroscope and surgical instruments. The surgeon locates the impinging bone determined pre-operatively with CT or MR Imaging and trims it back. As well, the labrum is examined for tearing and is most often repaired using special anchor devices. Occasionally, the labrum is so badly torn that it cannot be repaired and is selectively trimmed back to a stable structure.
Recovery after arthroscopic hip surgery
Patients can usually go home the same day as surgery. Patients are usually required to use crutches with partial weight bearing status for unto 6 weeks following surgery.
Get arthroscopic hip surgery with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for arthroscopic hip surgery. Our surgeons have years of experience and a commitment to excellence. Our modern facility and patient-centred philosophy will ensure you have a positive, rewarding experience.
Next steps: Book your arthroscopic hip surgery consultation
If you are ready to discuss your hip surgery 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