In the late 1970s and early 1980s, arthroscopic surgery became popular,
especially in the sports world, as fiber optic technology enabled
surgeons to see inside the body using a small telescope, called
an “arthroscope,” which projects an image to a television
Thanks to ongoing improvements made by technology leaders like Smith
& Nephew Endoscopy, the benefits of arthroscopic surgery for
knee and shoulder conditions have been experienced by patients all
over the world. By adopting techniques and instruments similar to
those used in knee and shoulder procedures, arthroscopic hip surgery
has become a more widely-used treatment option for those who suffer
from hip pain.
Arthroscopic procedures may be used for a variety of hip conditions,
primarily the treatment of labral tears, hip impingement, articular
cartilage injuries, and the removal of loose bodies in the joint.
Other less frequent conditions treated through hip arthroscopy include
tendon or ligament injuries, hip instability, and an inflamed or
damaged synovium. Because all of these conditions may eventually
lead to hip arthritis, treating them with arthroscopic procedures
may be a beneficial option for patients.
Through an incision the width of a straw tip, your surgeon is able
to insert a scope, which allows him or her to inspect the joint
and locate the source of your pain. Your surgeon will then make
one or more small incisions to accommodate the instruments used
to treat the hip. These instruments can shave, trim, cut, stitch,
or smooth the damaged areas.
Arthroscopic hip surgery is usually performed in an outpatient surgery
center, which means no overnight hospital stay is required. You
report to the surgical center in the morning, undergo the procedure,
and – following a recovery period under the care of medical
professionals – return home later in the day.