Hip Arthroscopy

Hip Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows orthopedic surgeons to view and treat a variety of hip problems without making large incisions through the skin and other soft tissues. This technique is particularly useful for diagnosing and addressing conditions inside the hip joint and the surrounding soft tissue.


Hip arthroscopy is often recommended for patients experiencing hip pain or dysfunction that has not responded to non-surgical treatment methods. Conditions commonly treated with hip arthroscopy include labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), loose bodies within the joint, synovitis, and certain types of hip joint infections. It’s also used to evaluate and treat hip dysplasia and snapping hip syndromes.


During hip arthroscopy, the patient is usually under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes small incisions, known as portals, through which a camera (arthroscope) and specialized instruments are inserted. The arthroscope transmits images of the inside of the hip onto a screen, guiding the surgeon in repairing or removing damaged tissue.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

The recovery period post-hip arthroscopy varies depending on the specific procedures performed. Initially, patients may need to use crutches to avoid placing full weight on the operated hip. Physical therapy is an essential component of recovery, focusing on restoring hip strength and flexibility. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a few weeks to months, depending on the extent of the surgery and their individual healing process.


Hip arthroscopy can provide significant pain relief and improved function, especially for patients with conditions like labral tears or FAI. While not all hip conditions are amenable to arthroscopic surgery, for many, it offers a less invasive alternative to open surgery, with the potential for quicker recovery and less postoperative discomfort.

Hip Arthroscopy represents a significant advancement in the treatment of hip conditions, offering a minimally invasive option to diagnose and address various hip issues effectively.