Possible ComplicationsAll surgical procedures carry a risk. Some specific risks are associated with hip arthroscopy due to the fact it is performed under traction. Post operative muscle and tissue pain - Traction is used to pull open the hip joint so that the instruments used during the surgery can be inserted. Patients may experience post operative pain due to this. Temporary numbness in the groin and thigh - This can be due to prolonged traction period. Please talk to Professor Haddad before your operation if you have concerns about possible risks. We hope the information provided has been of benefit to you. For further information please contact us on 0207 935 6083. All patients will need a full blood count on day 1 and again days 4 and 7 if still in Hospital for thrombocytopenia although the incidents of HIT with low dose prophylaxis seems to be much lower than initially feared.
Physical activities after the Arthroscopy
Patients are on crutches for the first few days to the first week following surgery.
Your physiotherapist will help you through an exercise programme which aims to:
- Minimise the amount of swelling
- Improve range of motion
- Strengthen the hip muscles
Benefits of a Hip ArthroscopySmaller incision site - A variety of procedures can be performed within the hip joint without the patient needing a large incision. This also leads to a shorter recovery time. Shorter stay in hospital - Can be performed as a day surgery case.
Candidates for Hip Arthroscopy
- Young, active individuals with a history of hip pain.
- Hip pain greater than six-months that have not improved with conservative treatment consisting of anti-inflammatory medications and physiotherapy.
- Sudden onset of pain due to a traumatic hip injury.