Arthroscopic hip surgery is a minimally invasive procedure to diagnose and treat various hip joint conditions. Dr. Jonathan Gelber offers arthroscopic hip surgery as a last resort if all non-surgical options fail to yield the desired results. Unlike open surgery, arthroscopic surgery involves extremely small incisions, leading to reduced pain and shorter recovery times.
What Is Arthroscopic Hip Surgery?
Arthroscopic hip surgery is a cutting-edge medical procedure designed to address various hip joint problems, such as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). Dr. Gelber makes small incisions near the hip joint and inserts a thin, flexible camera called an arthroscope. This device provides a detailed view of the joint’s interior, enabling the surgeon to diagnose issues like hip impingement, labral tears, or loose cartilage. Using specialized instruments, the surgeon can repair or remove damaged tissue, promoting faster recovery and improved hip function.
Conditions That May Necessitate Arthroscopic Hip Surgery:
- Hip impingement (femoroacetabular impingement)
- Labral tears
- Loose cartilage or bone fragments
- Synovitis (inflammation of the joint lining)
- Hip joint infections
- Hip joint osteoarthritis
- Ligament or tendon tears in the hip
- Hip dysplasia (developmental hip deformity)
- Hip bursitis (inflammation of the bursa sac)
- Sports-related hip injuries
Arthroscopy for Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a condition where abnormal bone growth in the hip joint causes friction, pain, and limited movement. Arthroscopy for FAI is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that corrects this issue. During the procedure, Dr. Gelber uses an arthroscope to access the hip joint, where he precisely removes excess bone or damaged tissues contributing to hip impingement. This technique relieves FAI symptoms while preserving the hip’s natural structure and function.
The Minimally Invasive Alternative to Open Surgery
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open surgery for various joint problems, including the hip. Unlike open surgery, arthroscopy involves small incisions through which a thin, flexible camera and specialized instruments are inserted. This approach minimizes tissue damage, reduces scarring, and often results in shorter recovery times. Patients typically experience less post-operative pain, decreased risk of complications, and a quicker return to normal activities, including sports.
Arthroscopic Hip Surgery Aftercare Guidelines:
- Follow Dr. Gelber’s post-operative instructions carefully
- Keep incision sites clean and dry
- Use prescribed pain medication as directed
- Attend scheduled physical therapy sessions
- Gradually increase weight-bearing activities
- Avoid high-impact exercises initially
- Use assistive devices (crutches, walker) as needed
- Report any signs of infection or complications
- Attend all follow-up appointments with Dr. Gelber
- Stay patient and committed to the recovery process
Consult Dr. Gelber Today
Dr. Jonathan Gelber, our board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine, is dedicated to finding bespoke solutions. His goal is to help you regain an active lifestyle by providing personalized care and utilizing the latest techniques in orthopedic medicine. If you’re facing joint issues, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gelber to explore your options — he only recommends surgical intervention as a last resort.