Knee and shoulder arthroscopy has been effective treatment options for many years, however, a new arthroscopic procedure is taking center stage and proving effective for many patients.
Hip arthroscopy, although new, has recently become the go-to procedure for hip injuries. Of course, with any new process, you should be prepared to ask these questions.
What are the benefits?
One major benefit of this procedure is the minimally invasive approach, which only requires a keyhole size incision. This procedure is also performed as an outpatient, which means less time in the hospital. Those who are involved in athletics or other activities that you would wish to return to quickly, this may be the best option for you.
Those who undergo this arthroscopic procedure report that they are back to the things they enjoy like gardening, exercising, and even their nightly walks around the block even faster with this type of approach.
What are the risks and complications associated with hip arthroscopy?
The procedure is safe, with minimal major complications. However, with any surgery, risks of infection, bleeding, and complications with anesthesia can occur although much lower than that of an open procedure.
When can I go home?
With most arthroscopic surgeries, if the surgeon feels you are capable and healing well, you can be released the same day.
What precautions should I take during recovery?
As this is minimally invasive, less pain will be felt which in turn means less medications throughout the recovery period. Crutches may be needed for the first few days, depending upon your condition. If your work occurs in an office, you may be allowed to return after a week. Physical therapy is usually suggested to help increase the range of motion as well as the overall functionality.
Should I wait?
This type of procedure treats many hip injuries and not just those who are older. People in their 20’s and 30’s are receiving this type of treatment to treat injuries like a torn labrum. This 2-hour surgery can have you back in the game with a full recovery in as little as 3-4 months.