Hip Arthroscopy FAQs

Post Street Surgery Center is a state-of-the-art surgical center led by one of the world’s leading specialists in hip arthroscopy, Dr. Thomas Sampson. Armed with decades of experience and exceptional training background, Dr. Sampson has pioneered some of the most innovative hip arthroscopic procedures, such as the lateral method, to address the root cause of his patients’ hip problems with minimal incisions and traction, ensuring optimal recovery. Below, we answer some of the most frequent questions about hip arthroscopy.

How can I identify a hip problem?

Hip disorders can usually be identified with the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the groin
  • Clicking or snapping sounds
  • Pain on the side of the hip
  • Bulging tissues near the groin
  • Pain in the buttocks
  • Loss of mobility

Which conditions can you treat with hip arthroscopy?

  • Abnormal femoral head
  • Abnormal acetabulum (hip socket)
  • Torn labrum (the rim of the cartilage)
  • Ligament tears
  • Cartilage damages
  • Loose bodies
  • Iliopsoas tendinitis
  • Synovial disease
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Joint sepsis
  • Adhesive capsulitis
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • and other hip problems and conditions

What are the risks of hip arthroscopy?

Hip arthroscopy, especially Dr. Sampson’s later approach, is extremely safe because it involves small incisions and minimal traction. However, like all surgeries, it carries a minor risk of complications, such as bleeding, infections, blood vessels and nerve damage, blood clots, fluid buildup, and adverse reactions to the anesthesia. However, Dr. Sampson conducts a wide range of tests and takes all necessary precautions to ensure you don’t experience these complications.

How are hip disorders diagnosed?

Dr. Sampson reviews your health history, performs physical exams, and conducts thorough diagnostic tests using cutting-edge imaging technologies, including X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. The comprehensive consultation reveals the root cause of your hip disorders and visualizes the damaged components, allowing the surgeon to curate the ideal surgical plan.

How long does the hip arthroscopy surgery last?

Hip arthroscopy lasts for 90 to 120 minutes, but the specific duration depends on the unique techniques necessary and your condition. During this period, the surgeon will address all the factors responsible for your hip problems.

When can I return home after the surgery?

Hip arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure, so you can return home about two hours after the surgery. However, the surgery is performed under anesthesia, so you need to have someone drive you home.

Will I need crutches after the hip arthroscopy?

All patients need to use crutches after the hip arthroscopy, but the specific duration depends on your underlying condition. Some patients only need crutches for about 2 weeks, femoroacetabular impingement correction may involve around 4 weeks on crutches, and a gluteus repair may involve up to 6 weeks on crutches.

When do I need to start physical therapy after the hip arthroscopy?

You’ll need to start physical therapy about 2 weeks after the hip arthroscopy, though you may need to spend 5 to 10 minutes on a recumbent exercise bike with no resistance before your physical therapy sessions start. Your surgeon will provide the post-treatment recovery and physical therapy guidelines.

Scheduling your appointment

Please schedule an appointment at Post Street Surgery Center, San Francisco, to discuss your hip arthroscopy treatment options.

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