Arthroscopy allows the surgeon to see inside of a joint by inserting a tiny camera through a small incision. Using the small camera a surgeon is able to see within a hip joint with great details. The camera transmits video to a large television screen so an orthopedic surgeon can visualize, identify the problem and use this information to either diagnose or treat your condition. The main advantage of this process is that repairs can be made with minimum trauma to surrounding tissues.

Hip arthroscopy is recommended if painful condition that fails to response to non-surgical treatment, like rest, physical therapy or joint injections. Once it was faced by only elderly patients but now even young patients are experiencing hip issues.

Some common reason for hip arthroscopy

  • Hip injuries
  • Femoroacetabular impingement
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Snapping hip syndrome
  • Synovitis
  • Loose bodies in the joint
  • Hip joint infection

Hip arthroscopy is performed by specialist and offers many benefits over traditional surgery, including low risk of complication, short recovery period, and less scarring. Following are the four important things to consider when you are having hip arthroscopy.

  1. Exercise: Rest is very important in this type of surgery. Use the exercise given as a guideline. Adjust within the guidelines provided and precautions as needed. If you feel the pain during the exercise stop immediately and consult the doctor. If you try to bear the pain it will result in loner recovery and sometimes possible injury. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to get rid of pain and inflammation.
  2. Speedy Recovery: Nothing should be done for speedy recovery. The healing process will take time. Time is the answer to recovery in such situation. Being patient will lead to overall better outcome with quickest recovery time as it will help to avoid setbacks. Give your body time to heal do not push yourself until your doctor clears you to do so.
  3. Pain my Persist: You cannot predict what you feel, one day if there is no pain the other day there can be unbearable pain. So do not panic. There are many ups and downs during the recovery process. Even when there is no pain it does not mean you are fully healed and have some pain does not mean surgery has failed.
  4. Discomfort is more: People generally feel more discomfort than pain. Having hip pain and trying to find comfortable position can be very challenging.

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