What is a Hip Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that gives doctors a view of the inside of a joint using a special camera known as an arthroscope. During the operation, the surgeon will make small incisions (usually about 1 centimeter wide each) and then insert the camera into your hip joint. The camera displays pictures on a television screen, and your surgeon uses these images to guide fine surgical instruments which are also introduced to the hip joint via small incisions.
This operation is known as a 'minimally invasive procedure' which means that the incisions used by the surgeon are very small in comparison to a procedure such as a hip replacement which requires the joint to be opened surgically. For this reason it is often referred to as 'key hole surgery'.
Hip arthroscopy has been performed for many years and is used to treat a wide range of conditions.