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Dr Saleem Hussenbocus - Orthopaedics SA

Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy, also referred to as keyhole surgery or minimally invasive surgery, is performed through very small incisions to evaluate and treat a variety of hip conditions.

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which an arthroscope is inserted into a joint. Arthroscopy is a term that comes from two Greek words, arthro-, meaning joint, and -skopein, meaning to examine.

Consisting of a light source, lens and video camera the arthroscope is inserted through a tiny incision in the skin approximately 5 millimetres in size. Other skin incisions are made, through which special instruments, designed to cut, shave or remove loose bone fragments and cartilage, are inserted to carry out the operation. The images from inside the joint are relayed back to the surgeon on a screen in the operating theatre.

Arthroscopy has distinct advantages for the patient including reduced scarring, less disruption to surrounding soft tissue structures, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery. Some arthroscopic procedures can be done under spinal or regional anaesthesia, therefore eliminating the need for a general anaesthetic.

This is entirely dependent on the condition that is being treated and should be discussed with your surgeon.

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