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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.

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Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily 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 you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

Resource number: ORP2

Resource Type: Article

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