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Hip Arthroscopy

Hip Arthroscopy is essentially keyhole surgery on the hip joint. It is usually performed under a general anaesthetic with traction applied to the hip to distract it enough to get instruments into the hip to diagnose and treat pathology. An xray machine is also used to ensure safe entry into the hip joint without damaging the articular surface.

The procedure has been developed over the last 20 years and with the advent of improved instrumentation it is now possible to perform numerous procedures with this technique. Some of these are listed below:

  • Labral repair
  • Re-shaping of femoral head to treat hip impingement
  • Resection of bony rim of acetabulum in hip impingement
  • Microfracture of femoral head or acetabulum to deal with chondral damage
  • Removal of loose bodies
  • Release of painful snapping iliopsoas tendon
  • Synovectomy in inflammatory arthitis i.e Rheumatoid