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Hip Arthroscopy

Mr Donohue performs hip arthroscopy as a minimally invasive procedure.

A hip arthroscopy is generally performed with 2 very small incisions. It is performed under a general anaesthetic. A variety of conditions can be treated.

Hip arthroscopy is most commonly performed for treatment of a labral tear. The labrum is a cuff of tissue that surrounds the socket of the hip joint. A labral tear can cause pain and catching sensation in the hip. The labral tear can be debrided or cleaned up via a hip arthroscopy. This normally results in relief of pain and a lessening of symptoms. Sometimes loose bodies or cartilage damage can also be treated by hip arthroscopy.

Hip arthroscopy may be performed as a day case procedure. Occasionally patients may need to stay overnight. Complications are uncommon following hip arthroscopy. Rarely nerves can be injured which surround the hip joint. This can cause pain and occasionally numbness or weakness. Other possible complications include things like infection, and ongoing pain after the surgery.

Mr Donohue generally reviews hip arthroscopy patients 1 to 2 weeks following the procedure. At that stage the majority of patients are walking comfortably and feel improvement in their symptoms.


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