Hip Scopes

Arthroscopic hip surgery can help you regain the active lifestyle that hip pain is preventing.

arthroscopic procedure of the hipArthroscopic hip surgery may:

  • Relieve pain
  • Improve joint stability
  • Remove loose bodies
  • Repair tears and damage
  • Delay the onset of osteoarthritis
  • Delay the need for a total hip replacement
  • Improve quality of life
  • Optimize activities of daily living

Hip 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, Dr. Vinton is able to insert a scope, which allows him 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 as an outpatient procedure, which means no overnight hospital stay is required. You report to the hospital in the morning, undergo the procedure, and following a recovery period under the care of medical professionals return home later in the day.