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Hip Arthroscopy Surgery

The hip joint is the connection of the “ball” (head of the femur bone) with the “socket” (acetabulum of the pelvis). It supports the weight of the body in static and dynamic postures, and allows for a wide range of movements. The hip is composed of several bones, as well as three key ligaments which reinforce the joint. The hip joint also includes the labrum, which is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the “socket” and holds the “ball” in place, making the joint harder to dislocate. 

Despite how difficult it can be to knock the hip out of place, hip injuries happen, and should be treated carefully with the least invasive techniques available. Dr Vonda Wright, MD, MS, FAOA is a double-board-certified orthopedic hip specialist whose comprehensive approach to musculoskeletal wellness harnesses innovative surgical and orthobiologic techniques. Her extensive research background gives her the necessary knowledge to apply cutting-edge rehabilitative care focused on helping you return your affected hip to peak performance.

If you’re ready to receive top-level care from one of the most elite orthopedic hip surgeons in the nation, it’s time to get started with Dr. Vonda Wright. Use our online tool to schedule your first appointment with Dr. Wright today.

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The hip joint is susceptible to many musculoskeletal injuries, which include arthritis, dislocation, impingement, labral tears, and damage to the surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Symptoms of a hip injury may include:

  • Pain while walking or pivoting
  • Pain at night
  • Decreased mobility or flexibility
  • Catching, popping or grinding of the joint

Injuries to the hip may result from acute trauma, such as a fall or motor vehicle accident, or chronic wear and tear. Diagnosis will include a comprehensive physical examination to determine range of motion, stability and pain, as well as an X-ray, MR arthrogram to determine the nature of the injury and an intra-articular injection.

Some other conditions include:

  • Hip impingement or femoroacetabular impingement (FAI): Encompasses conditions of the hip in which the shape of your hip bones do not permit normal movement of the hip and may cause pain. Abnormal bone shape can be on the femur (CAM impingement), on the rim of the acetabulum (Pincer impingement), or both. The rubbing of the bones in an abnormal fashion can cause pain and lead to damage of other structures in the hip, including the cartilage and acetabular labrum.
  • Labral tear: The fibrous cartilage lining of the acetabulum (socket), the labrum, may be torn through various mechanisms including impingement and trauma. Many individuals have labral tears, and labral tears may or may not cause an individual to experience symptoms in their groin and hip. The injection you have or may get into your hip helps determine if the labral tear is contributing to your hip pain. Some symptoms of labral tears are locking, catching, and/or pain in the groin.
  • Loose bodies: A loose body is one or multiple pieces of tissue or bone that have fragmented from their normal position in the joint and are no longer attached properly. These fragments become free to move about the joint and may damage normal tissue and cause pain and/or a catching sensation. These fragments can result from trauma, such as a fall, motor vehicle accident, or sport injury.
  • Hip cartilage injuries: The surface of the head of the femur and corresponding surface on the acetabulum are lined by a surface known as articular cartilage. This surface allows smooth motion within the hip joint and can be found in various other joints including the shoulder, knee, and ankle. The concern about articular cartilage injury lies in the lack of potential for this type of cartilage to regenerate and heal when significantly damaged. Patients that sustain trauma to the hip joint and/or have chronic impingement may damage this cartilage. Usually, the cartilage begins degeneration by undergoing softening. When associated with impingement, the second stage of cartilage injury usually involves the detachment of the cartilage from the underlying bone. This can be thought of as a bubble of cartilage. The next stage of cartilage injury is generally detachment of the bubble to the point where it becomes a cartilage flap. This cartilage flap will not heal back to the bone on its own. Untreated flaps encourage further cartilage degeneration and the progression of osteoarthritis within the hip joint. 

For some patients, hip arthroscopy surgery will be necessary to treat their condition, find long-term pain relief, and achieve their full recovery goals. Arthroscopic hip surgery involves making 2 or 3 small incisions around your hip and looking inside the joint with a camera that is around the same diameter as a pencil. While the camera is inserted in one small incision, the other incision(s) will be used to place various instruments in the joint in order to treat the cause of your hip discomfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will surgery always be necessary to treat hip pain?

No, some hip injuries can be treated without the need for surgery. Nonsurgical treatments for a hip injury typically include a modification of activities, physical therapy exercises to stretch and strengthen the joint, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain. Nonsurgical means are often prescribed before any surgical options are recommended.

What can be treated using hip arthroscopy?

Arthroscopic hip surgery is a treatment option for various hip conditions, including: 

  • Labral tears
  • Impingement 
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Removal of loose bodies

Arthroscopic surgery will be recommended for injuries that do not respond to non-surgical methods and involve weakness, loss of function, and/or pain.

Why is arthroscopy a superior method of hip surgery?

The advantage of arthroscopy to traditional open surgery is that the joint does not need to be completely opened up, and no muscles are cut or displaced. This reduces the recovery time and may increase the success rate due to reduced trauma to the joint. 

How can I get started with the best hip surgeons near me?

When you’re ready to find relief for your hip pain and return to peak performance in whatever you do, Dr. Vonda Wright is ready to help you meet your goals. Use our online tool to schedule your first appointment with Dr. Wright, or contact her Orlando office at (407) 965-4114.