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Hip surgery is an arthroscopic procedure that is used to help doctors visualize, diagnose, and treat problems in the hip joint. Surgeons make a small incision and insert a tiny pencil-sized camera into the injured joint. With arthroscopic surgery there is a reduced amount of risks, fewer complications, less post-surgery pain and scarring, and faster recovery time. Hip surgery involves putting patients under using either general anesthesia, which makes them sleep, or spinal anesthesia, which allows patients to breathe on their own but won’t let them feel anything from the waist down. Once patients are under anesthesia, doctors will make a small incision in which they place a tiny camera through. Surgeons will use a variety of medical instruments. Depending on the problem, doctors can smooth off torn cartilage or repair it, trim bone spurs, or remove inflamed tissue. Arthroscopic hip surgery is recommended if patients suffer from chronic pain that doesn’t respond to other forms of treatment. Hip arthroscopy is known to relieve the painful symptoms of joint and other surrounding soft tissue damage. Although most hip problems result from injury, other conditions can lead to these medical issues:

  • Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) – A disorder where bone spurs from bone overgrowth around the socket or the femoral head, causing serious damage.
  • Dysplasia – A condition in which the socket is abnormally shallow and makes the joint more susceptible to tearing.
  • Snapping hip syndrome – A condition where a snapping sensation is felt whenever the hip is flexed and extended. This snapping is often harmless but in some cases the tendon is damaged from repeated rubbing.
  • Synovitis – A type of inflammation in the membrane lining of the joint that causes pain and swelling.
  • Loose bodies – These are fragments of the bone or cartilage that become loose and move around the joint, potentially causing damage.
  • Hip joint infection


Even though arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery, it is important to understand all of the risks and to follow your doctor’s instructions. Any major surgery has some risks involved. Some of the specific risks of hip arthroscopy include:

  • Infection, which can occur at the wound site in any surgery.
  • Damage to the surrounding structures such as blood vessels and nerves.
  • Blood clots resulting from a procedure that lasts longer than an hour, which usually develops in the legs and in serious situations, can break off and travel to the lungs.

Hip surgery is more advanced and developed than ever. With the newest technology in minimally invasive procedures, it's time you finally got treated with long-lasting results. For more information about hip arthroscopy in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, please call West Medical at (855) 690-0565.

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