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What happens during hip arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is very often performed as a day case with the patient under general anaesthetic. In some cases local anaesthetic may be used. Your anaesthetist will discuss the options with you. The operation takes between 30 and 90 minutes.

You will be put on to a traction table (a type of operating table), which pulls firmly on your leg. This pulls your hip joint apart a little, so your surgeon can see into the joint. They will insert a camera through one or more small cuts around your hip. Other small incisions may be made to introduce instruments to remove fluid, diseased tissue or bone or to perform some procedures to the area.

The inside of the joint will be examined enabling your consultant to decide whether an operation is required to repair damage or remove loose material interfering with joint movement.

Immediately after your operation you will be taken to a recovery area. Our healthcare team will monitor you and give you medication to relieve any pain.

A physiotherapist will visit you to help you begin to move about on your own. You may need to use a walker or crutches. You may be given gentle exercises to help build your muscle strength.

In some cases hip arthroscopy is performed as a day case meaning you can go home when you have recovered from the anaesthesia. Your consultant may require you to stay overnight.

Going home after hip arthroscopy

You will not be able to drive yourself home so please arrange for someone to take you on the day of discharge.

You should take it easy for a few days. You may have a few small stitches on each wound, which should be left in place until your follow-up appointment at the hospital, around 10-14 days later. Continue to take any pain relief medication if needed.

Discuss any return to work with your consultant.

Most people make a good recovery from hip arthroscopy. As with any surgical procedure there could be complications including:

Specific complications of hip arthroscopy may include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Infection in the hip joint
  • Tendon damage
  • Localised stiffness or pain


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Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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0117 906 4870
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Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 303336
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Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
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Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
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Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555805
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Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
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2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 2769 401
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Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

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Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

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Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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01926 436351
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02380 266 377
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