Hip Arthroscopy Specialist

Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine & Joint Replacement located in North Kansas City, MO

Painful hips can be particularly hard to live with, having a severe impact on mobility and causing discomfort that’s hard to escape. If you have hip problems that aren’t responding to other treatments, the highly skilled team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in North Kansas City, Missouri, can help. They have the expertise required to use minimally invasive hip arthroscopy to diagnose and treat many hip conditions. Call Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today to schedule your consultation or book an appointment online.

Hip Arthroscopy Q & A

What is hip arthroscopy?

Hip arthroscopy is a form of minimally invasive surgery that the team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine uses to diagnose and treat hip conditions.

The team uses an arthroscope, which is a flexible instrument that fits through a small skin incision and into your hip. The arthroscope is fitted with a light source and a magnifying lens. It also has a tiny camera on the end, which sends back clear images of the inside of your hip joint to a monitor.

Using the arthroscope, your provider at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine can see exactly what’s causing your symptoms, and in some cases, they can treat the problem as well.

What are the advantages of hip arthroscopy?

The advantages of hip arthroscopy over open surgery include:

  • No large incisions 
  • Far less pain
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Significantly smaller scar
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Less chance of infection

If you need to undergo hip arthroscopy, you can normally have the procedure done as an outpatient procedure. In most cases, you can go home just a few hours after your hip arthroscopy.  

Why would I need hip arthroscopy?

When you visit Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine because you’re experiencing hip pain, the first stage is diagnosing the cause. Your provider combines their experience and expertise with a review of your medical history and a thorough physical exam to make a preliminary diagnosis.

They might also order diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scan, or an MRI scan to provide a more detailed view of the hip joint. Sometimes, your provider needs to see the inside of the joint, and the least invasive way of doing this is with hip arthroscopy.

In other cases, your provider knows what the problem is and uses hip arthroscopy to carry out treatment inside the joint. Some of the hip conditions the team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine see most often include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
  • Dysplasia (shallow hip socket)
  • Labral tears
  • Hip joint infection
  • Snapping hip syndromes

Hip arthroscopy can be used to investigate and treat these conditions, or your provider might use arthroscopy with another type of surgery for some conditions. If you need tendon or ligament repair, or there are pieces of loose bone or cartilage in your hip joint, arthroscopy is one of the best ways to resolve the problem.

If you’re experiencing hip pain and stiffness, hip arthroscopy could provide your orthopedic team with invaluable diagnostic information as well as an opportunity to treat you using a minimally invasive approach. Call Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.