My Aching Hip!

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that an orthopaedic surgeon can perform to diagnose and possibly to treat certain conditions of this ball-and-socket joint. This procedure involves creating two or three small incisions before inserting an arthroscope into the joint. With the arthroscope, the orthopaedic surgeon can view the joint on a special monitor. This allows the surgeon to diagnose the cause of the patient’s symptoms. Sometimes, the surgeon can treat the problem during the same procedure. There are a few reasons why an orthopaedic surgeon might recommend that you undergo hip arthroscopy, including loose bodies and labral tears.

Loose Cartilage

During the hip arthroscopy, the orthopaedic surgeon may find loose pieces of cartilage within the hip joint. These loose fragments can cause hip pain. Loose bodies in the hip may be caused by physical trauma to the joint, such as a sports injury. While loose bodies may sometimes stay in one place, they can move around the joint. If loose bodies become trapped between two moving structures, the patient may suffer from hip pain and stiffness.

Torn Labrum

The labrum is a ring of cartilage that is located around the outside rim of the socket. Its job is to hold the ball part of the joint securely within the socket. Sometimes, a hip labral tear can occur, which may cause symptoms such as groin and hip pain, reduced range of motion, hip stiffness, and a catching sensation in the joint. Typically, a torn labrum is caused by a sports injury or other physical trauma such as repetitive motions. If left untreated, it may increase the risk of osteoarthritis. During a hip arthroscopy, the orthopaedic surgeon may repair the torn labrum or remove the affected portion.

Patients with hip pain can turn to MK Orthopaedics, Dr. Ryan Pizinger or Dr. Mukund Komanduri for comprehensive diagnostic and interventional services. In addition to hip arthroscopy, our providers offer hip resurfacing, partial hip replacement surgery, total hip replacement surgery, and revision hip replacement surgery. You can schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in New Lenox or Shorewood by calling (815) 741-6900.

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