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Hip arthroscopy utilizes a small fiberoptic lens system to evaluate and treat joint diseases. Initially it was used in knee and subsequently shoulder and other joints.
The best indications for hip arthroscopy are:
There has also been a recent rise in the use of hip arthroscopy to treat Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI).
Hip arthroscopy is generally not useful in arthritic hips. However, it may be helpful to address painful snapping the hip or with unrelenting bursitis not resolved with cortisone injections.
Pre-op evaluation includes history, physical exam, x-rays, and often an MRI coupled with hip joint injection.
The procedure is done as out-patient and typically requires 2-3 quarter inch incisions. Patients can expect to use crutches for 2-6 weeks post operatively.
Arthroscopic Hip Surgeon:
Charles Blitzer, MD