A hip arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows an orthopedic surgeon to diagnose and treat certain hip disorders by providing a clear view of the inside of the hip.
After making small incisions using a pencil-sized instrument called an arthroscope, the surgeon can see an image of your hip that is transmitted through a small camera, via optic fibers, to a television monitor. The TV image allows the surgeon to examine the interior of your hip and determine the source of your problem.
During the procedure the surgeon can also insert surgical instruments through other small incisions into your hip to remove or repair damaged tissues. Hip arthroscopy is generally performed as an outpatient procedure; patients are allowed to put weight on the leg immediately after surgery. The procedure is much less invasive than traditional hip surgery, which allows for accelerated rehabilitation and an earlier return to sports and activity.