Hip arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is a key hole procedure carried out under anaesthetic to treat various problems within and around the hip joint.

Labral tears, extra bone causing catching pain (femeroacetabular impingement), damaged articular cartilage and loose fragments in the joint are common reasons for surgery. Bursitis around the outside of the hip can also be treated with arthroscopy.

Once you have been anaesthetised, you will be positioned on a table. Your foot will be put into a leg holder and traction applied to open up the hip joint. Using an x-ray machine for guidance, Mr. Asopa will usually make 2 skin incisions and introduce a telescope and other instruments to carry out the required surgical procedure.

Once complete, local anaesthetic will be injected around the wounds. The wounds will be stitched and dressed.

After surgery, you will be sent to recovery and subsequently the ward. It is likely that you will be able to go home on the same day. Sometimes, you may need to stay in hospital for a night. You will be given guidance and information before discharge from hospital.

You should arrange to start physiotherapy 2 weeks following surgery.