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Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique whereby it is possible to look inside the hip joint with the aid of a fibre optic telescope and in many instances perform a variety of surgical procedures using that technique. Most people are familiar with knee arthroscopy for the treatment of cartilage and ligament disorders, but hip arthroscopy is a much less common procedure. This is partly because it has taken quite some time for the technique of the procedure to evolve and for there to be the right type of instruments and equipment to facilitate it.

The hip is a much deeper joint than the knee and for that reason it is much harder to introduce the arthroscope into the joint. In order to do this the hip joint has to be distracted by traction to produce enough space to introduce the instruments. Once this has been achieved it is then possible to examine the joint and determine the cause of particular symptoms and in many cases deal with the cause.

Conditions treated by hip arthroscopy
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