Hip arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to inspect, diagnose and repair problems inside the hip joint. In this procedure, the surgeon makes several small incisions and uses a small video camera (called an arthroscope) to see inside the joint. Tiny instruments are used to correct the problem.

Arthroscopy allows surgeons a full view of the hip without having to cut through nerves or muscles. Patients experience less pain and blood loss and fewer complications. The result is a more balanced, stable repair that helps restore full function.


In a smooth-functioning hip, the rounded top of the femoral head (thigh bone) fits perfectly into the hip socket. A thin layer of cartilage lines the ball and socket, cushioning and protecting the bones, and preventing them from rubbing against each other. A ring of soft elastic tissue, called the labrum, provides stability and helps keep the femoral head in place.

When is surgery recommended?

Arthroscopic hip surgery can be used for several different conditions, including femoroacetabular (hip) impingement, hip labral reconstruction, gluteus medius repair and loose bodies. Your surgeon will tell you if hip arthroscopy is a good choice for your treatment.

What is the recovery time?

Because hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure, the typical recovery period is shorter than with surgeries that require a larger incision. You will have physical therapy after surgery and may need to use crutches. The length of time to return to normal activities will vary depending on what you were treated for.

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