Successful Hip Procedure with Minimal Downtime
A procedure that has helped New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute (NJOI) patients for numerous years, hip arthroscopy is a surgery that allows a physician to view the hip joint using small incisions in the skin and surrounding soft tissue. This minimally invasive procedure is performed by a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, and is used to both diagnose and treat a large range of hip issues.
Reasons to Receive Hip Arthroscopy
Hip conditions aren’t just painful – if left untreated, these can also damage the labrum, articular cartilage and soft tissue surrounding the joint. If hip issues don’t improve naturally, or with the help of nonsurgical treatment – such as physical therapy, medications, injections and rest – then a physician will recommend hip arthroscopy. The most common hip conditions that the surgery can treat include a femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), dysplasia, snapping hip syndromes, synovitis, loose bodies and hip joint infection.
What Happens During a Hip Arthroscopy
The start of the hip arthroscopy procedure means that your leg will be put in traction, allowing for the hip to be pulled away from the socket so that the surgeon can insert certain instruments and devices. This positioning process lets the surgeon see the hip clearly, so he or she can draw lines on the joint, marking where to make incisions. Next, the surgeon makes a tiny puncture in the hip for the arthroscope, which allows he or she to fully locate the damage. During this time, fluid is flowing through the arthroscope, so that bleeding is under control and the focal range remains clear. The images are projected onto a screen, which the surgeon uses to identify specific hip problems. After the surgeon figures out the problem, he or she will repair the issue. Most likely, he or she can repair torn cartilage, trim bone spurs and get rid of any inflamed synovial tissue.
Hip Arthroscopy Recovery Plan
Following hip arthroscopy surgery, you’ll need someone to drive you home after your rest period of one to two hours before discharge. Medication can be taken to manage pain for a short time. Medications include opioids, local anesthetics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These medications can be used separately or combined. Depending heavily on what type of procedure you had, hip arthroscopy patients might only need crutches right after a procedure. If it is a more intense version of the surgery, crutches will be needed for one to two months. Finally, the orthopaedic surgeon will create a rehabilitation plan specifically to fit your own surgical needs. Physical therapy is a common element of the recovery process, allowing you to gain back mobility and increase strength in your hip and surrounding areas.
Schedule a Hip Arthroscopy Procedure at NJOI
At NJOI, we firmly believe that nobody should have to live with agonizing hip conditions – especially those that are increasingly painful, bring about daily discomfort and negatively impact and inhibit your lifestyle. If you think you, or someone you know, could benefit from a hip arthroscopy procedure, please don’t hesitate to call us at 973-694-2690. With four convenient, New Jersey locations in Wayne, Butler, Morristown and Bridgewater, NJOI is easily accessible, and filled with a bright, knowledgeable staff waiting to assist you.