Hip arthroscopy is a relatively new procedure when compared to knee and shoulder arthroscopy. However, due to its many advantages, it is fast becoming the preferred treatment option for different types of hip injuries. Here are a few questions to ask your doctor before you undergo hip surgery:
How will I benefit from hip arthroscopy?
A hip arthroscopy is performed through a small incision/s about the size of a key hole. It is often done as an outpatient procedure or with minimal hospital stay and allows early return to routine activities. Whether its professional sports, working on your garden, or simply going for a walk; most patients that have undergone the procedure agree that you can get back to what you enjoy faster with hip arthroscopy.
What are the risks and complications associated with hip arthroscopy?
Hip arthroscopy is a very safe procedure and the rate of major complications is very low. While the risks of infection, bleeding, delayed healing, and anesthesia complications do exist, they are lower compared to open surgery.
How soon can I go home after hip arthroscopy?
In most cases, you would be allowed to go home on the next day after surgery. If your surgeon feels you are fit enough, you may be allowed to go home on the very same day.
What precautions should I take during recovery?
As hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure you will have less pain and require less medications during recovery. You may need crutches for a few days after the procedure, but it is not always necessary. Specific instructions will be provided by your doctor. If you have a sedentary job, you may be able to get back to work after a week. Your surgeon may recommend physical therapy to maximize range of motion and function of your hip.
Can I wait until I’m older before performing a hip arthroscopy?
Due to the cutting-edge technology, hip injury treatment is no longer associated with the elderly alone. More than half of Dr. Domb’s patients are between the ages of 20 and 40. Hip injuries, such as a torn labrum which may have been career ending for a pro-athlete in the past, can now be repaired by a two-hour hip arthroscopy with full recovery in 3-4 months. Rather than let a hip injury or hip pain restrict your activities, why not check with you doctor about the possible use of hip arthroscopy to get you back to doing the things that bring joy and happiness to your life.
Dr. Domb is a nationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the hip, shoulder and knee. A noted pioneer in advanced new techniques in hip arthroscopy, he delivers innovative treatments for patients with hip injuries such as impingement and labral tears. Dr. Domb is also an expert in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, adept in specialized techniques including arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and all-inside ACL reconstruction.