Monday, November 4, 2013

Hip Arthroscopy

Arthroscopic surgery takes advantage of specialized fiber-optic equipment to preform major surgery through very small incisions.  Arthroscopic surgery of the hip has be utilized for over 20 years but due to recent advances in technology and in our understanding of Hip pathology, the use of this type of surgery is expanding.  The technology, techniques and surgical skill have developed to offer treatment to patients that would have otherwise had to suffer or wait until a hip replacement was necessary.  With these minimally invasive techniques we can offer alternative to big "open" surgeries that had poor success rates or required complete dislocation of the hip joint to preform.  Arthroscopic hip surgery can be used to treat many problems within the hip region including:
  • Femoro-acetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Labral Tears
  • Loose bodies
  • Snapping hip
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Cartilage lesions
  • Hip Abductor tendon tears
Much like arthroscopic surgery of the knee or the shoulder, arthroscopic hip surgery is not a good treatment for Arthritis.  There is new evidence suggesting that arthroscopic surgery can delay the progression of Osteoarthritis and the eventual need for a joint replacement.  If you think you may be a candidate for arthroscopic surgery of your hip or would like more information, follow the link below for an education video on hip arthroscopy or contact Dr. Fallon's office directly.