Arthroscopy of hip joint is the latest innovation in the arthroscopy of joints. Hip joint was previously considered inaccesible to arthroscopy. Hip joint is the most difficult joint to do arthroscopy but it is most rewarding as well because any open procedure of hip joint is very extensive surgery.Now with the development of techiques a trained surgeon can not only look into the hip joint but can perform many therapeutic procedures. It has also provided a better understanding of the pathologies of the hip joint. It has been successfully used in early osteoarthritis and can delay joint replacement.That makes it a very significant improvement. It can be used in athletes having hip pain also .
Small incisions following hip arthroscopy . The procedure is much less invasive than standard open surgery.
Do I Need a Hip Arthroscopy?
Hip arthroscopy in general is now evolved not only as a diagnostic tool but to treat certain hip condition which were considered untreatable before. People with Groin and Hip pain usually have a labral tear in their hip which is very much amenable to arthroscopy. A trained surgeon in hip arthroscopy usually evaluates the clinical symptoms and correlate it with X-rays and MRI to decipher the need of arthroscopy. Patients should recognize that all hip patients are not candidates of arthroscopy neither is hip arthroscopy a substitute of hip replacement. With time hip arthroscopy has evolved as an adjunctive tool to help surgeons to relieve the patients of even the most minor and initial phases of hip diseases.
small portals of hip arthroscopy
Intracapsular lesion removed from hip joint with hip arthroscopy.
Hip arthroscopy being done
Intracapsular mass lesion which caused pain and limp in the patient.
CAM resection : This is one of the most common surgery performed bty hip arthroscopy. CAM and pincer lesion are the most common prearthritic lesions of the hip.If these lesions are approached in time we can save hip from degenrative changes.This pic shows a patient CT scan after CAM excision.