Hip Arthroscopy in Depth

Caution: The following medical educational videos contain actual footage of surgical procedures.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Why Hip Arthroscopy?

Dr. Sampson considers hip arthroscopy to be a conservative surgical approach to reduce or cure hip pain. Hip arthroscopy is less invasive than the open surgical alternatives and patients are sent home the same day.

Arthroscopy allows for minimal scarring, faster recovery, and helps to diagnose and treat early causes of arthritis, in many cases preventing it altogether. In young active individuals hip arthroscopy can provide an alternative to hip replacement. Most importantly hip arthroscopy is a low risk procedure.

Who can Benefit?

Anyone with ongoing hip pain who has failed conservative management may be a candidate for hip arthroscopy. Sometimes there is confusion between hip and low back pain. One way to tell is if the pain resides in the hip groin area or about the hip joint. Pain above the waist is typically back pain.

If you are unsure what type of pain you are experiencing call for a consultation appointment with Dr. Sampson.

How Hip Arthroscopy is Performed

After the patient is anesthetized, the leg with the damaged hip is placed in traction on a specialized operating room table. The traction is necessary to pull the hip apart slightly to allow the insertion of the portal. The portal is used to insert instruments into the joint capsule safely, without injuring the cartilage. All this is preparation is done with the help of a portable xray machine to make sure the instruments are positioned correctly. A second incision is made for the portal in which the arthroscopic camera/light instrument is inserted. A pump device is used to fill the joint with saline. The arthroscope is used to examine the joint, and confirm any abnormalities visible in the MRI, as well as ones that escape non-invasive diagnosis. Once a problem is identified, it is treated with a variety of instruments using flexible high-frequency cutting and heating probes, tissue shavers and debriders, and traditional surgical tools.