Arthroscopy is a way to find problems and do surgery inside a joint without making a large cut (incision). Your doctor put a lighted tube with a tiny camera-called an arthroscope, or scope-and surgical tools through small incisions on the side of your hip.
You will feel tired for several days. Your hip will be swollen, and you may notice that your skin is a different colour near the incisions. The swelling is normal and will start to go away in a few days. Keeping your leg level with or above your heart will help with swelling and pain.
You will probably need about 6 weeks to recover. If your doctor repaired damaged tissue, recovery will take longer. You may have to limit your activity until your hip strength and movement return to normal. You may also be in a physical rehabilitation (rehab) program.
You may be able to return to a desk job or your normal routine in a few days. But if you do physical labour, it may be as long as 2 months before you can go back to work.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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