Hip arthroscopy is a highly advanced procedure that involves the use of specialized instruments to look inside the hip joint through a small keyhole-sized incision. Using this procedure, your surgeon can possibly identify and treat the cause of your hip problem with minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Here are some common questions asked about hip arthroscopy:
Why is hip arthroscopy performed?
A hip arthroscopy may need to be performed if your hip pain and stiffness fails to improve by conservative or non-surgical treatments such as rest, ice, pain medications, and physical therapy. It may be used for reshaping of bone, repair of torn ligaments and cartilage, and removal of loose bodies or infected debris from the hip joint.
What are the advantages of hip arthroscopy?
The benefits of the procedure include less scarring, quick recovery, less blood loss, and faster return to an active lifestyle.
When can I start walking after a hip arthroscopy?
Most patients can start walking one day after the procedure. It is normal to feel slight discomfort and experience a little swelling in the groin and hip region, but this usually resolves by itself.
How long will it take to heal from a hip arthroscopy?
Hip arthroscopy incisions usually heal within 1-2 weeks. Depending on the type of hip injury, you can expect to make dramatic progress within 6 weeks following the procedure. Returning to work will depend on the type of work you do. If you have a sedentary job, you should be able to return to work within a week or two. On the other hand, if your work involves manual labor, you may have to be off work for 4-6 weeks.
What are the signs and symptoms to watch out for during recovery?
You need to inform your doctor about any:
- Leakage from the incision sites
- Fever and chills
- Loss of leg movement
- Increasing redness, swelling, warmth, or pain
Newport Care Medical Group is a specialty group located in Newport Beach, California dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of injuries and disease of your body’s musculoskeletal system. For more information on hip arthroscopy call us today!