Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique that can be used instead of a traditional open incision. This specialized technique is used to treat hip pain caused by:
- Labral tears
- Femoro-acetabular impingement (FAI)
- Loose bodies
- Ligament tears
Sometimes a combination of arthroscopy and an open incision is necessary to fully treat the cause of the problem.
Hip arthroscopy surgery takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete depending upon the issue being treated. It is usually an outpatient surgery which means one comes in and goes home the same day as the operation. Rehabilitation starts immediately and continues at an outpatient therapy center. Recovery can take up to 6 months after hip arthroscopy to treat FAI.
Here is more information from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons about hip arthroscopy: