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Hip Arthroscopy

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.

Request a referral to a hip specialist.

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).

Hip Arthroscopic Surgery Video