Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
Until recently, the only definitive treatment for a hip injury was open surgery. Traditionally, this was performed through a large incision and required underlying tissues to be cut or damaged to reach the hip joint. Surgery was mostly limited to severe hip injuries or diseases, while mild-to-moderate injuries were either treated conservatively, or simply avoided until pain and disability worsened enough to merit surgery. Fortunately, recent advances in technology have changed this scenario and new minimally invasive surgical techniques are now available to treat a variety of hip conditions.
What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
The term "minimally invasive" is used to describe a surgery performed with the use of smaller incision(s) instead of one large opening. Because the incision(s) are small, patients tend to have quicker recovery times and less discomfort than with traditional hip surgical techniques.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery:
- Little damage to surrounding tissues
- Less blood loss
- Decreased postoperative pain
- Fewer complications
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery
- Less scarring
Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatments for Hip Injuries:
Though many different types of hip conditions can be treated via minimally invasive surgical techniques, not all patients are candidates. Your doctor will review with you the best treatment course based on your specific condition. Some examples of conditions which can be treated with minimally invasive surgery include:
- Articular cartilage injury: Injury to the cartilage that lines the ends of the bones in the hip joint
- Heterotopic ossification: Excess bone growth near or around the hip joint
- Labral tears: Tears of the labrum, a piece of cartilage which lines the hip socket
- Loose bodies: Fragments of bone or cartilage within or near the hip joint
- Hip impingement: Abnormal bone growth that may cause pain or interfere with the function of the hip
- Tendon tears: Tears of the tendons surrounding the hip joint