Hip Arthroscopy is a microsurgical technique that allows repairing injuries without opening the joint
Arthroscopy consists of introducing a 3-4 mm microchamber into the joint to visualize the inside of the joint, diagnose the existing lesions, and correct them during the surgical procedure.
Arthroscopic hip surgery is a positive measure to regain your active lifestyle that hip pain is preventing
If you are a candidate for hip arthroscopy, Dr. Luis Pérez Carro will discuss the procedure with you in detail. The details of the procedure will vary for each patient. The goal is to individualize the procedure to specifically address the needs of each patient.
Dr. Luis Perez Carro and his team can surgically correct and treat problems in the hip that used to require open surgery with a larger incision and wide exposure of the joint
Through an incision the width of a straw tip, they are able to insert a scope, which allows to inspect the joint and locate the source of your pain. They will then make one or more small incisions to accommodate the instruments used to treat the hip. These instruments can shave, trim, cut, stitch, or smooth the damaged areas.
Clear arthroscopic fluid is pumped into the joint to provide clear visualization of the structures inside the joint.
Depending on the reason for the procedure, Dr. Luis Pérez Carro will use specialized tools to treat the problems within the joint. Flaps or frayed portions of the articular cartilage (early arthritis) can be shaved away or removed in a process called “debridement or chondroplasty.” Torn cartilage, labral tears, and synovitis can be successfully debrided arthroscopically. Acetabular labral tears can be repaired with “suture anchors.” These devices are anchored in the bone of the hip socket and the attached suture is used to refix the torn labrum.
In cases of femoroacetabular impingement, abnormal bone protrusions can be removed with an arthroscopic burr. These bony protrusions may occur along the rim of the socket and/or on the femoral head/neck region.
After surgery, it is necessary to follow a series of recommendations for optimal recovery and faster rehabilitation.
Exterior images of a hip arthroscopy
Arthroscopic hip surgery may:
Improve joint stability
Remove loose bodies
Repair tears and damage
Delay the onset of osteoarthritis
Delay the need for a total hip replacement
Improve quality of life
Optimize activities of daily living