Hip arthroscopic surgery helps diagnose and, in some cases, treat joint problems. It's a minimally invasive surgery that causes very little trauma to the hip joint.
Your surgeon makes only two or three small incisions in the skin and inserts a small camera called an arthroscope. Encased in a flexible tube, the camera gives your surgeon expanded views of this hard-to-access joint.
Your surgeon will examine the condition of the cartilage in the hip joint, a ball-and-socket joint. Cartilage on the head of the femur forms the ball of the joint; the acetabulum — an inwardly curved surface of the pelvis — forms the socket.
Issues treated with this surgery include:
- Removal of loose cartilage.
- Removal of bone spurs.
- Repair of the hip joint's labrum, cartilage that helps hold the femur inside the acetabulum socket).