Hip arthroscopy

Hip Arthroscopy is a key-hole procedure for assessment and treatment of various disorders around Hip Joint. The procedure has evolved considerably over recent years.

The main indications of hip arthroscopy include the treatment of hip impingement and associated labral (soft tissue around socket) tears. It is also employed to remove loose bodies and to treat various conditions affecting lining of the hip joint.

The procedure is usually performed under general anaesthesia. During surgery two to four small skin cuts are made over the hip area. Traction is employed to create appropriate space in the hip joint to insert the camera and instruments.

Patients are discharged either on the same day or after a night’s stay. Depending upon the procedure performed, use of crutches is advised for a variable period. Please refer to "A patient guide to Hip Impingement Surgical Management for further details".


Arthroscopic view of loose bodies

loose bodies after arthroscopic removal

Fig: Arthroscopic view of loose bodies (Left) and after arthroscopic removal (Right).

Further reading

  1. Non Arthroplasty Hip Register
  2. Scottish Hip Arthroplasty Project


Hip arthroscopy, removal and assessment of bony bump cam lesion

Video showing hip Arthroscopy and removal of bony bump cam lesion.


Video showing post-op assessment after removal of bony bump cam lesion.


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