Hip Arthroscopy: Background

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Hip arthroscopy is performed through small incisions using a camera to visualize the inside of a joint and perform the necessary surgical procedure. Even though hip arthroscopy was first attempted in 1931, it is still a less common procedure compared to arthroscopy of other joints such as the knee and shoulder. There have been several recent advances in surgical techniques and the equipment used, making this a reliable and safer procedure. There has also been a constant influx of published scientific data recently on the usefulness of arthroscopy for a number of hip conditions.


When is Hip Arthroscopy procedure done

Hip arthroscopy procedure can be done for assessment of painful hip joint for diagnostic purpose, particularly to identity the presence of early arthritis that was not visible on x-rays and scans. More often, hip arthroscopy is performed for diagnosis and treatment of cartilage lesions of the socket that are often caused by sporting related injuries. By and large the commonest indication for hip arthroscopy is the surgical treatment of Femoro-Acetabular Impingement lesions.


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