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Hip arthroscopy

What is a hip arthroscopy?

Hip arthroscopy, also known as ‘hip scope’, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. It is used to diagnose and treat problems inside the hip using a small camera called an arthroscope.

Why am I having a hip arthroscopy?

This procedure allows the orthopaedic surgeon to diagnose the cause of hip pain or other problems within the joint. Some hip conditions may also be treated during this procedure.

What will happen?

You will be put to sleep by the anaesthetist, so you won’t feel or remember anything. Arthroscopic surgery uses small incisions, thin instruments and the camera  (arthroscope) to treat or diagnose hip problems.

Recovery time from arthroscopic surgery tends to be quicker than that of open surgery due to the less invasive nature. However you should remember that the surgery performed inside the hip will be more extensive than the small portal incisions suggest. So it might be more painful than you expect. Each case is patient dependent and will be discussed with your orthopaedic surgeon prior to surgery.

Further resources

Please read our resource for more information about risks of anaesthetics.

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0114 271 7000 – Hospital switchboard (ask for your consultant’s secretary)

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: ORP2

Resource Type: Article

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