WHAT IS A HIP ARTHROSCOPY?
Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical approach that allows doctors to see the hip joint without making a large incision (cut) through skin and thereby better preserves the soft tissues such as the muscle. Hip Arthroscopy is used to treat a wide array of hip problems such as femoroacetabular impingement, labral tears and trochanteric bursitis. Since the arthroscope and surgical instruments are thin (only 3-4mm in diameter), your surgeon can use very small incisions, rather than the larger incision needed for open surgery. This results in less pain for patients, less joint stiffness, and often shortens the time it takes to recover and return to your favorite activities.
WHEN IS A HIP ARTHROSCOPY RECOMMENDED?
Dr. Frank prefers to treat your symptoms with nonsurgical options such as physical therapy and medications or injections that can reduce inflammation and/or promote biological healing. Only once surgery becomes the best option, Dr. Frank may recommend hip arthroscopy to alleviate the debilitating symptoms of problems that may damage other soft tissues surrounding the joint, the articular cartilage, or the labrum.
RECOVERY AFTER A HIP ARTHROSCOPY
After surgery, you may stay in the recovery room for 1 to 2 hours before being discharged. You may want someone to drive you home and remain with you the first night. You can also expect to be on a walker or crutches for some period of time. There is a strong emphasis on rehabilitation through a very detailed and personalized physical therapy program that is initiated the next, or even the same, day. This begins with regaining motion, followed by endurance, strength, agility and power.
Dr. Frank is fellowship trained in Sports medicine and Joint Preservation Surgery and has a particular interest in taking care of athletes. His ultimate goal is to return all patients to their prior health through extensive nonsurgical treatment as well as advanced surgical techniques when needed. Schedule your appointment with Doctor Frank today!