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Hip Arthroscopy


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

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 two 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 then you will go to the ward.
  • You will experience some pain following surgery – please use the painkillers provided.
  • 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 two weeks after surgery.


As with any surgery, complications can occur. Risks include infection, blood clots (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), on-going stiffness and failure to improve, and reaction to anaesthesia. It is also possible that you may require further surgery in the future.