Hip arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy

Many of the hip arthroscopies we perform at Schoen Clinic London are diagnostic. Our Consultants use them to determine whether the damage to your hip requires surgery or whether loose material making joint movement difficult should be removed. If loose bodies require removing from the hip joint, we call it arthroscopic debridement of the hip.

The procedure takes place on a table that positions your hip in a way that allows your Consultant to see into the joint via the camera. Our experts have extensive experience in performing the procedure and use the latest techniques to deliver first-class treatment.

Our Self-Pay Coordinator will give you an exact price for your surgery following your consultation, as well as help you to understand our flexible payment plans which allow you to spread the cost of treatment if you wish too interest-free.

Who is the ideal candidate for hip arthroscopy?

Your Consultant may recommend hip arthroscopy if you are experiencing deep pain in the side or back of your hip, deep groin pain, or another painful condition not helped by non-surgical treatments. Physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication or injections and rest are some of the non-surgical treatments you may have tried before.

If the labrum (the cartilage in your hip joint) is damaged, fragments of bone, cartilage and other debris or loose bodies can collect in the joint, causing pain or irritation. Arthroscopic debridement of the hip joint is a simple, minimally invasive procedure to remove these loose bodies.

Getting to the root of the problem

A hip arthroscopy allows your Consultant to get to the root of the problem and sometimes, repair or remove what is damaged. At Schoen Clinic London, this procedure is performed as a day case, so you may be able to leave once you have recovered from the anaesthesia. Sometimes, your Consultant may recommended that you stay with us for 1 night at our world-class hospital.

Most hip arthroscopies are performed under general anaesthetic, although in some cases, a local anaesthetic is used. Speak to your Consultant Anaesthetist to find out more about your options. Either way, try to maintain a healthy diet and if you smoke, it is advisable to stop before the procedure.

What happens during a hip arthroscopy?

Most hip arthroscopies take between 30 and 90 minutes. During the procedure, you will be placed on a traction table, which pulls your hip joint apart slightly. Your Consultant will make one or more small cuts in your hip and insert a small camera, which will relay visuals to a screen.

Your Surgeon may also use other instruments to remove damaged tissue, bone, or fluid. After examining your hip joint and performing necessary procedures, your Consultant will remove the camera and any instruments before closing the wound with stitches and surgical strips.

Recovery & rehabilitation: hip arthroscopy

You’ll be taken to a recovery room after your hip arthroscopy, where nurses will monitor you until you have fully come round from anaesthesia. You’ll also receive medication for pain relief.

One of our Physiotherapists will assist you to move around and give you some exercises to help you increase your muscle strength. You may need to use crutches or a walking frame for a few days. A follow-up appointment usually takes place around 2 weeks after the procedure.