Hip Arthroscopy

Orthopedic Surgery & Joint Replacement located in Walnut Creek, Sacramento and San Francisco, CA

Each year, 75,000-100,000 Americans undergo hip arthroscopy to relieve hip pain caused by arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems. At the Joint Preservation Institute, with offices in Sacramento, Walnut Creek, and the Lower Nob Hill neighborhood in San Francisco, California, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Amir Jamali, MD, specializes in hip arthroscopy. This minimally invasive procedure provides instant relief, letting you return to your favorite activities. Call the nearest office today to schedule a hip arthroscopy consultation, or book your appointment online. 

How is hip arthroscopy different from a traditional hip replacement?

During traditional hip replacement surgery, Dr. Jamali makes several incisions above your hip joint and uses surgical tools to remove the diseased or damaged portion of bone. He replaces these pieces with artificial prosthetics, allowing you to move your hip freely and without pain.

Alternatively, hip arthroscopy is quicker and less invasive. During treatment, Dr. Jamali makes one small incision near your hip and inserts an arthroscope –– a thin tube with a light and camera on the end. The camera displays video on a TV that Dr. Jamali uses to guide surgical instruments and make repairs.

When is hip arthroscopy recommended?

Dr. Jamali uses hip arthroscopy to treat various hip-related problems, including:

  • Hip labrum tears
  • Hip arthritis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Snapping hip syndrome
  • Hip joint infection
  • Sciatic nerve compression
  • Tendon ruptures
  • Loose bodies (fragments of bone or cartilage inside your hip joint)

You might benefit from hip arthroscopy if you have synovitis, a condition causing the tissues around your hip joint to become inflamed.

Who is a candidate for hip arthroscopy?

You might be a candidate for hip arthroscopy if you have chronic hip pain or stiffness and it doesn’t improve with treatments like rest, ice, and activity changes.

You should be in good health to undergo a joint replacement operation. During your preoperative consultation, tell Dr. Jamali about your medications, supplements, and vitamins.

Also, tell him about your lifestyle, including whether you smoke or drink alcohol. These issues won’t necessarily keep you from surgery but can increase your risk of complications.

How long does hip arthroscopy take?

Hip arthroscopy typically takes 30 minutes to two hours. It occurs under general anesthesia, so you’re asleep throughout the procedure.

On the day of your operation, Dr. Jamali administers a general anesthetic. Once you’re comfortable, he makes a small incision near your hip and inserts the arthroscope. Depending on your needs, Dr. Jamali might: 

  • Smooth off torn cartilage
  • Repair or reconstruct your labrum
  • Remove damaged or diseased bone and replace it with a prosthetic
  • Remove a bone spur
  • Remove inflamed synovial tissue

He uses small, specialized tools to complete these tasks. After the operation, Dr. Jamali removes the tools and closes the incision. 

Call the nearest Joint Preservation Institute office today to schedule a hip arthroscopy consultation, or book online.