Thomas G. Sampson M.D.

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon


Thomas G. Sampson M.D.

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

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2299 Post Street, Suite 107
San Francisco, CA 94115 United States


If you feel that Hip Arthroscopy might be right for you, contact my office

What is Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure. It is accomplished using a 4mm endoscope (telescope) attached to a high definition camera system, using miniature instruments. Successful corrective surgery can be accomplished to cure or relieve pain and improve function.

Hip arthroscopy has now become the preferred treatment for Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) instead of the “open surgical dislocation” when done by Dr. Sampson. He has extensive experience treating FAI since his development of the procedure in 2001 as well as inventing the “lateral approach to hip arthroscopy” in 1984 which revolutionized the procedure.

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 home the same day. Hip 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 when done properly.

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.

National Medical Report

Hip Arthroscopy Video

The video covers the following:

  • Adverse affects of overdoing phyical excercise
  • The sights of Femoroacetabular Impingement
  • Minimally invasive, Hip Atrthroscopy surgical procedure
  • Testimony from patients

Publications and Lectures

Are You a Candidate for Hip Arthroscopy?

Dr. Sampson is an internationally-recognized expert in hip arthroscopy…
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Past ISHA President, Thomas G. Sampson M.D.

Dr. Sampson was a founding member, and the third president of…

Post Street Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Post Street Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine's team of orthopaedic,…