Hip Arthroscopy: Removing Loose Bodies
During arthroscopy, the hip joint is gently widened (distracted) to allow the surgeon to access the joint.
Pieces of bone or cartilage are loose in your hip joint. They can cause painful joint locking and catching. Your healthcare provider has suggested a procedure called arthroscopy. Using only small incisions and special instruments, arthroscopy can remove the loose bodies from your hip.
In the Operating Room
Just before surgery, you may be asked several times which hip is to be treated. This is a standard safety measure. In the operating room, you will likely receive general anesthesia to make you sleep.
During the Procedure
After you are sedated, your leg is gently pulled to distract, or widen, the hip joint. Next, the surgeon makes a few small incisions called portals. Through these portals, he or she inserts surgical tools, including the arthroscope. The arthroscope sends images of the joint to a video screen. These images allow the surgeon to look inside the joint. The joint is filled with sterile fluid to help the surgeon see more clearly.
Removing Loose Bodies
When the loose bodies in your hip are located, the surgeon will try to remove them using a surgical instrument. But sometimes the loose bodies aren't small enough to be removed. In this case, the loose bodies are broken into smaller pieces. Then, they are removed. Once the surgeon finishes the procedure, the portals are closed and bandaged. Then you are taken to the recovery room.