Hip Arthroscopy is a highly advanced treatment that can be used for any one of the following:•
To explain unexplained hip pain (diagnostic hip arthroscopy)
• Removal of loose or foreign bodies
• Repair of damaged articular cartilage (gristle)
• Removal or repair of a torn acetabular labrum (see below)
• Correction of femoroacetabular impingement
• Management of damaged hip ligaments
• Management of hip joint infection
• Inflammation of the hip lining (synovitis)
• Investigation of a painful joint replacement or hip resurfacing.
The operation will be performed while you’re asleep under a general anaesthetic.
Two to three small (5-10mm) incisions will be made along the hip.
You’ll be given intravenous (IV) antibiotics to guard against infection. The leg that is to be scoped is treated with an antiseptic solution and draped so that only the area of the hip joint and the leg involved is exposed. The rest of the body is covered.
Your leg will be strapped into a traction table that gives distraction of the hip joint, pulling the joint open in order to allow the passage of the arthroscope (a small rigid telescope with a digital camera on the end) into the space between the ball (femoral head) and socket (acetabulum) of the joint. Small probes and other specialised instruments that can be introduced into the hip joint to allow a wide variety of different surgical procedures to be performed.