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Can My Hip Pain Be Treated Arthroscopically?

Can My Hip Pain Be Treated Arthroscopically?

One of the largest joints in your body, the hips support your upper body while providing the forward swing that makes walking possible. The wide rotation range of the hips permits easy sideways movement and turning capabilities. 

When your hips start to hurt, the pain immediately affects your life. Tasks you take for granted may now be difficult or even impossible. The Bahri Orthopedics & Sports Medicine team specializes in hip pain, so we can diagnose and treat your problem quickly and thoroughly. 

We use arthroscopic surgical techniques to investigate the reasons behind your hip pain. In some cases, problems can be fixed at the same time. Hip arthroscopy offers a range of advantages for both treatment and recovery. 

How arthroscopes work

In medical terms, “arthro” refers to things related to joints, while a scope is a device that permits vision, so an arthroscope helps a surgeon see inside a joint. Using fiber optics, arthroscopes provide a light source and a camera through a flexible, narrow tube. These only need incisions about half an inch long to access problem areas inside your body. 

Originally developed as a diagnostic tool that avoided damage to muscles and other tissues, the arthroscope evolved to include special tools that also used these small keyhole incisions. Since both viewing and repairing now avoid large, open-surgery incisions, you can heal faster and with less pain. 

Treating hip pain with arthroscopy

In the case of many joint pain issues, conventional diagnostic imaging can’t give a complete picture of the origins of pain. For a surgeon, there’s no substitute for visualizing conditions inside the joint, and the hips are no exception. 

Hip arthroscopy is an excellent diagnostic and treatment method for many common sources of hip pain, including: 

Cartilage fragments

Hip injuries can dislodge bits of cartilage which then float around within the capsule surrounding the joint. Arthroscopic surgery can locate and remove these and other bits of debris. 

Bone spurs

Bony growths commonly accompany osteoarthritis, interrupting the smooth glide of the hip joint. Arthroscopic techniques can shave these bumps to restore easy motion. 

Hip impingement

Irregular shape can also restrict movement and create pain as hip bones pinch together. Your surgeon can reshape the ball and socket of the hip to restore pain-free movement. 

Labral tear

A ring of cartilage surrounding the socket of the hip, the labrum, causes problems when it becomes damaged. Arthroscopic surgery repairs damage and cleans up any loose cartilage. 

Synovitis

Arthroscopic surgery removes affected tissue when the synovial joint lining suffers this inflammatory condition. The arthroscope also permits the diagnosis and treatment of the causes of synovitis. 

Arthroscopic approaches offer a multitude of advantages over conventional open surgery. As well as less tissue damage, there’s reduced bleeding, and the risk of infection drops dramatically. 

Visit the most convenient location of Bahri Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic when hip pain interferes with your daily living. You can reach both of our locations through one number and one appointment request link online. Book your appointment today.

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