Hip scopes have a dual purpose of allowing the surgeon to see the mechanics of the hip joint that are causing the symptoms and offering the best corrective action for hip injuries. They are performed using a microscopic camera.

What is Hip Scope?

Hip scopes are a minimally-invasive surgery using a microscope, thus leaving a smaller incision and scar.  They are used to repair damage to the hip joint typically caused by a sudden injury or repeated strain during use of the joint over time.

Who should have a Hip Scope?

A hip arthroscopy is generally recommended if rest, physical therapy, medications, or injections are unsuccessful in treating a hip injury. Hip scopes are also often used to treat bone spurs, dysplasia (excess tissue build up), snapping hip syndrome, inflammation or infection.

Does a Hip Scope work?

The vast majority of patients have very successful outcomes with this surgery. In fact, many patients who are good candidates for a newer technique called labral reconstruction have found even better return of range of motion and hip joint strength. However, progress can sometimes feel slow, and dedication to a proper physical therapy regimen is a key success factor.

What can I expect when I have a Hip Scope?

You may need a pre-surgical physical to make any necessary accommodations based on your health history. When you arrive at the hospital, you’ll speak to your surgeon and anesthesiologist. You are likely to put to sleep (general anesthesia) and be placed face up for the operation.

You will likely be able to leave 2-3 hours after the completion of the procedure. A physical therapist will help show you the safest way to get around. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you overnight. Crutches may be necessary for most day-to-day tasks for a few weeks, and you won’t be able to do a deep squat (example: picking up children) for three months. We’ll give you an at-home exercise regimen to aid in your recovery before you start physical therapy.

You’ll follow up with Dr. Burt after two weeks (or closer to six weeks if you live farther away). You will also likely return to office work and begin physical therapy at two weeks.

Full recovery will usually take 4-6 months, depending on the individual’s case. Adherence and effort in physical therapy will be a key factor should you desire to recover more quickly.