Arthroscopy is a way to find problems and do surgery inside a joint without making a large cut (incision). Your doctor puts a lighted tube with a tiny camera and surgical tools through small incisions in the side of your hip. The camera is called an arthroscope, or scope.
In this surgery, your doctor may:
Most people go home on the day of the surgery.
If you have a simple injury, it may take at least 6 weeks to recover. It may take longer if your doctor had to repair damaged tissue or remove bone spurs.
If you have a desk job, you may be able to go back to work a few days after treatment of a simple injury. If you do physical labour, it may be as long as 2 months before you can go back to work.
You will need to limit activity while your hip heals. You may need crutches or a walker for the first few days, if not weeks. You may need to have physiotherapy (rehab) to help your hip get stronger.
After surgery and rehab, you should have less pain. Your hip should be stronger. You should be able to use your hip and leg better. Some people have to avoid lifting heavy objects. Talk to your doctor if you plan to start doing activities such as running.
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
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.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
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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