How do they perform Hip Arthroscopy?
It is performed under General Anaesthetic. Traction is applied to the foot so that the hip joint is separated by approximately 1cm. This provides enough room for a small telescope (arthroscope) to be introduced into the joint. Initially, air and /or fluid are injected into the hip under x-ray guidance.
Once correct placement of the instrument has been confirmed, up to four small incisions are made on the side of the hip. Each of these incisions generally measures approximately 5- 10 mm in length.
Through these small holes the surgeon can then visualise the hip joint, identify the problem(s) and proceed appropriately. The surgery usually takes an hour but may take longer if more extensive work is required.
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