Can a Hip Arthroscopy Restore Your Mobility?
As the largest and most complex weight-bearing joints, the hip can be particularly susceptible to injuries and deterioration in the form of osteoarthritis (OA), which affects over 30 million adults in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain due to an orthopedic injury or degenerative condition like arthritis, chances are you have had to miss work, limit or withdraw from physical activities and sports, or have difficulty with basic movement and mobility on the side of the affected joint. To receive expert diagnosis and treatment from a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, don’t hesitate to contact Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Beverly Hills today. You may be a candidate for the minimally invasive hip arthroscopy procedure that can help you overcome debilitating mobility problems.
What is Hip Arthroscopy?
Also known as arthroscopic hip surgery, hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure performed by an orthopedic surgeon for the diagnosis and treatment of joint injuries and disease. The procedure is designed to provide the surgeon direct visualization and access to the joint using images taken by a small camera attached to the end of a surgical instrument (arthroscope). Once the source of the pain or stiffness has been identified, hip arthroscopy can then be used to correct a number of common injuries. Many patients who undergo this procedure tend to return to the level of physical activity and mobility enjoyed before the onset of pain and injury.
It may be surprising to hear, but younger patients benefit most from hip arthroscopy. Due to the numerous benefits offered by hip arthroscopy over traditional hip procedures, younger patients experience less downtime, smaller incisions, and less complications than with normal surgery.
Common Causes of Chronic Pain and Stiffness in the Hip Joint
When the cartilage that lubricates the bones in the hip joint begins to wear down and deteriorate, either through normal wear and tear over time as a person ages, or as the result of an injury, it leads to friction between the bones, which can result in pain, inflammation (swelling), and difficulty with movement and mobility in the affected joint.
Conditions that can be treated with hip arthroscopy include the following:
- Femoro-Acetabular Impingement (FAI) – Results in the growth of additional bone fragments, which can interfere with the alignment of the hip joint and cause friction between the bones in the joint socket with movement
- Acetabular labral tears
- Loose bodies – Small fragments of bone and cartilage free floating in the joint space can lead to pain and affect the proper range of motion and movement of the joint. Hip arthroscopy is an ideal procedure for both locating and removing loose bodies in the joint space.
- Hip capsule laxity and instability
- Osteochondritis dissecans
- Snapping hip syndrome
- Toxic synovitis
- Developmental dysplasia
- Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
- Previous soft tissue injuries – The bones of the hip joint are supported by a complex network of soft or connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, and muscle). Some studies have found that even when treated successfully, a tendon or ligament tear in youth (common in sports injuries) can increase the risk of osteoarthritis in the affected joint years later.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Hip Arthroscopy Surgery for Hip Joint Pain Diagnosis and Treatment
Depending on the nature and extent of the injury, hip arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and correct the source of chronic pain, stiffness, and mobility problems in the hip joint, without the risks and recovery time associated with major surgery. Because it is a minimally invasive procedure that can usually be performed on an outpatient basis, arthroscopic hip surgery has many benefits over traditional open hip surgery for qualified patients, including:
- Smaller incisions
- Reduced blood loss
- Shorter recovery period
- Less risk of complications associated with major surgery
- Greater visualization, precision, and accuracy in diagnosing and treating hip injuries
- Less disruptive for lifestyle and quality of life
For many people living with chronic hip joint pain, which often results in difficulty with exercise and basic movements like walking, sitting comfortably for long periods of time, or going up and down stairs, taking time off from work and daily responsibilities to recover from major hip surgery is simply not an option. Hip arthroscopy is a highly effective and less disruptive method to diagnose and treat problems and restore joint functionality and quality of life as a result.
Contact Dr. Meier, Orthopedic Surgeon in Los Angeles
To learn more about arthroscopic hip surgery for chronic joint pain and mobility problems and whether it is right for you, contact Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine by calling (310) 777-7845 to request a consultation today.
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