Hip Arthroscopy and Reconstruction

Hip pain may disrupt your life in a number of ways, particularly if conservative treatment options do not provide adequate relief. If your orthopaedic surgeon has determined that hip surgery is the best course of treatment for your needs, hip replacement surgery is not the only option. Though hip replacement is effective for some patients, it is not appropriate for everyone. Hip arthroscopy and reconstruction can treat a broader range of conditions than total hip replacement, and it offers a minimally invasive approach that will facilitate a quicker recovery with more predictable outcomes. At MK Orthopaedics, you will work with physicians specializing in a wide range of advanced surgical techniques—including arthroscopy—to provide the highest quality of care.

What happens during hip arthroscopy?

Hip arthroscopy is in part a diagnostic procedure, as it offers the surgeon a detailed look at the hip joint through a special camera fed through a small incision in the hip. The surgeon may then perform a number of various procedures to repair the hip joint and restore function. Unlike hip replacement surgery, reconstruction can provide a full return to normal activities, where hip replacement may limit physical activities and flexibility. Below, you can get a closer look at the process of arthroscopy and reconstruction to better prepare for your procedure.

  • Definitive diagnosis of hip problems – While MRIs and other diagnostic procedures can reveal the various types of damage, it may not always be clear what types of injuries have occurred in the hip joint or the extent to which damage is present. Arthroscopy will provide a definitive diagnosis to facilitate accurate treatment, thereby reducing the need for further surgeries and pain management treatment.
  • Repair of damaged tissues – Through arthroscopy, your surgeon may reconstruct the hip by smoothing or removing torn cartilage, trimming bone spurs, or removing inflamed tissue. These steps can elongate the life of the joint and spare you from hip replacement.

Who should consider this procedure?

Reconstructive surgery is often favored over hip replacement for younger patients, because this procedure can have longer-lasting results. Individuals with hip dysplasia, femoroacetabular impingement, or snapping hip syndromes may have the best outcomes from hip arthroscopy and reconstruction.

To learn more about the benefits of hip arthroscopy and reconstruction, contact MK Orthopaedics to schedule a surgical consultation. If surgery is not right for you, our team can provide a range of non-invasive procedures to help you achieve a pain-free lifestyle. When surgery is right for your case, you can expect the most advanced care with state-of-the-art surgical techniques and dedicated rehabilitative physical therapy all in one place.