An arthroscope is a small telescope that projects an image of your joint to a television monitor, allowing the surgeon to inspect your hip and locate the source of your pain. Through an incision the width of a straw tip, a surgeon inserts a scope, then makes one or more small incisions to accommodate the instruments used to treat the hip. Arthroscopic procedures may be used for a variety of hip conditions, including treatment of labral tears, hip impingement, articular cartilage injuries, and the removal of loose bodies in the joint.
Other conditions, treated less frequently, include tendon or ligament injuries, hip instability, and an inflamed or damaged synovium. All of these conditions, if left untreated, may eventually lead to hip arthritis.
Are you a candidate for arthroscopic hip surgery?
Most people who suffer from pain or experience decreased mobility due to hip impingement, labral tears, cartilage injuries, loose bodies in the joint, or other conditions, may benefit from this minimally invasive surgical procedure.
When should you consider arthroscopic hip surgery?
When other conservative measures to relief pain have not been effective, talk with your surgeon to see if you are a candidate. Prior to undergoing any surgical procedures, try other options for reducing pain, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and corticosteroid treatment. Please note that all medications have risks, and should only be taken under the direction of a physician.
Why should you consider this surgery?
It's a positive measure to regain the active lifestyle that your hip pain is preventing. It may also:
- Relieve pain
- Improve joint stability
- Remove loose bodies
- Repair tears and damage
- Delay the onset of osteoarthritis
- Delay the need for a total hip replacement
- Improve quality of life
- Optimize activities of daily living.
Meet Kenneth Tepper, MD
Dr. Tepper is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine. He is one of only a few surgeons nationwide to perform hip arthroscopy and is the Director of Hip Preservation and Arthroscopy at Union Memorial Hospital. He is the first hip arthroscopic surgeon in the Baltimore region to use the Dyonics Plan, which is a 3-D computer modeling program for hip impingement.