What is hip arthroscopy?

In hip arthroscopy, small, poke-hole incisions are made in the hip to place a camera into the hip joint and surgical instruments are used to clean and repair damaged and torn tissues in the hip.

What does hip arthroscopy treat?

Hip arthroscopy allows surgeons to see damage to the hip using minimally invasive techniques. When surgical instruments are placed through arthroscopy, surgeons are able to perform procedures such as hip labral tear repair and correction of bony problems causing femoroacetabular impingement (FAI).

What to expect with hip arthroscopy

In hip arthroscopy, anchors and sutures may be applied to stabilize torn or damaged labral tissue. Microfracture treatment may also be performed to repair areas of cartilage damage. Areas of bone impingement on the ball or socket are carefully removed with a high-speed burr to improve the mechanics of the joint.

This procedure usually takes two to three hours, and patients can typically return home on the day of surgery. Patients typically need to use crutches for about two to three weeks after surgery.

Why choose Ohio State for hip arthroscopy

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s integrated hip team includes surgeons, sport medicine physicians, physical therapists, clinic staff, administrative staff and a research team who specialize in these types of injuries and treatments.

The team uses cutting-edge treatments and includes subspecialty-trained surgeons who have completed two fellowships for specific treatment of hip problems.

Patients at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center have the unique opportunity to receive new, novel treatments, such as orthobiologic treatments like platelet-rich plasma, and to participate in clinical trials of newly developed therapies.

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