When Should You Consider Hip Surgery?
The decision to undergo any surgical procedure can be overwhelming. Although many orthopedic problems can be managed with conservative treatments like physical therapy, medication, and regenerative medicine injections like prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP), surgical hip treatment is sometimes necessary to repair severe breaks, tears, or extensive joint damage.
Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows orthopedic surgeons to diagnose and treat joint problems, without many of the risks and significant downtime and recovery period associated with traditional open hip surgery.
Hip Arthroscopy in Los Angeles
Arthroscopic surgical procedures are used to both diagnose and treat orthopedic injuries and disorders. The surgeon makes a few small incisions and inserts an arthroscope, which is equipped with a light and small camera that projects images from inside the joint space onto a video monitor in the operating room. A clear image of the extent of the damage inside the joint allows for greater precision and accuracy and also minimizes the risk of trauma to surrounding tissue during arthroscopic hip surgery.
Arthroscopy has a number of benefits over open surgery:
- Outpatient (most arthroscopy patients can return home on the same day within hours of the procedure)
- Smaller incisions
- Less blood loss
- Shorter healing and recovery period
- Less risk of infection and complications associated with longer hospital stays
- Greater accuracy and results
- Less pain and discomfort following surgery
- High rate of return to normal pre-injury physical activity levels
Arthroscopic hip surgery is used to diagnose and treat a number of common hip injuries and conditions which can lead to chronic pain and mobility issues that can drastically diminish physical activity and quality of life. Some common hip injuries and conditions diagnosed and/or treated by hip arthroscopy include:
- Hip labral tears
- Waist joint examination
- Acetabulofemoral joint repair
- Hip impingement
- Removal of loose bodies and articular cartilage fragments
- Bone spurs
- Snapping hip syndrome
Arthroscopic hip surgery can also serve a preventive function by repairing damage in the joint that could potentially develop into osteoarthritis and advanced joint deterioration, resulting in the need for a total hip replacement (arthroplasty).
Who is a Good Candidate for Arthroscopic Joint Surgery?
At Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Meier offers minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to treat a broad range of hip problems in Beverly Hills, including:
- Iliopsoas bursitis
- Synovial chondromatosis (loose bodies)
- Hip capsule laxity and instability
- Femoro-acetabular impingement (FAI)
- Chondral lesions
- Developmental dysplasia
- Osteochondritis dissecans
- Acetabular labral tears
- Ligamentum teres injuries
- Toxic synovitis
- Septic arthritis
- Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
The minimally invasive nature of arthroscopic surgical treatment makes it a good option for patients of all ages and physical activity levels. As many as 85-90% of patients who undergo hip arthroscopy report eventually returning to the same levels of physical activity prior to the initial injury or onset of chronic pain, making it an ideal treatment option for athletes and high functioning individuals.
In the past, concerns over lengthy hospital stays and extended rehabilitation periods may have deterred many busy adults from seeking surgical treatment for chronic joint pain and mobility problems. Adults with small children and challenging work schedules, who could not afford to take extended time off work or away from family obligations to successfully recover from hip injuries are perfect candidates for minimally invasive arthroscopic hip surgery treatment.
Rehabilitation and Recovery from Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
Physical therapy after an orthopedic procedure is the most important factor in a successful recovery and return to normal activity. The typical length and intensity of the recovery period varies from patient to patient and depends on a number of factors, such as the extent of the damage, the patient’s age, and general health. The typical duration of physical therapy after hip treatment is between three to six months, after which athletes can expect to return to normal levels of activity and performance.
Typical exercises during recovery from arthroscopic hip surgery in LA are:
- Ankle pumps
- Static leg muscle contractions
- Balance and resistance work
- Aquatic therapy
Lifestyle factors also play an important role in recovering from joint surgery and orthopedic treatments. Because extra weight and obesity place additional pressure and strains on the joints and lower back, increasing the risk for injuries and maintaining a healthy weight should be a priority before and after surgery. While the thought of exercise and physical activity can seem impossible while working through an injury or chronic pain, getting regular exercise and staying active is very important in joint and general health. Speak to a Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon about the best exercise and fitness plan for your condition.
Read more about arthroscopy at WebMD.com.
Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery in Los Angeles
For more information on your diagnosis and treatment options for joint pain and injuries, contact Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine in LA by calling (310) 777-7845 to request an arthroscopic hip surgery consultation with Dr. Steven Meier today.