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What is hip arthroscopy?


Hip arthroscopy is minimally invasive surgery that diagnoses or treats many hip problems. This includes infections, injuries, arthritis, inflammatory conditions, and unexplained symptoms. Your doctor views the inside of the hip joint using an arthroscope with a tiny camera. Your doctor can also use special instruments to treat joint problems during arthroscopy. Hip arthroscopy can relieve hip symptoms and restore hip function.

Hip arthroscopy is a common surgery with risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options. Consider getting a second opinion about all of your treatment choices before having hip arthroscopy. 

Other procedures that may be performed

Your doctor may also perform a biopsy during hip arthroscopy. A biopsy involves removing a cell or tissue sample and testing it for cancer and other diseases. 

You may need open surgery, called hip arthrotomy, for a hip condition that your doctor cannot treat with arthroscopy. Open surgery involves a larger incision that allows your doctor to directly view and treat the hip.

Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Sep 23, 2016

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  2. Arthroscopy of the Hip. Hospital for Special Surgery.
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  4. Hip Arthroscopy. Arthroscopy Association of North America.
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  6. Skinner HB, McMahon PJ. Current Diagnosis & Treatment on Orthopedics, 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014

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