What is Hip Arthroscopy?
Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed through 2 or 3 small 5-10mm incisions (ie. key hole surgery) using an advanced HD camera and special instruments to visualise and work inside and around the hip joint. A specially designed hip traction table is used to allow access into the hip joint. Complications are not common but can occur. Prior to making any decision to have surgery, it is important that you understand the potential risks so that you can make an informed decision on the advantages and disadvantages of surgery.
Anterior Hip Replacement
What is an anterior hip replacement?
A hip replacement is an operation performed to replace a worn-out hip joint. The diseased joint and bone is removed and a new ball and socket joint is inserted. There are many different types of artificial joints available, all made from different materials and offering different bearing surfaces. Your surgeon will often discuss the options available and what his or her preferences are. When having a hip replacement, a very important consideration is the method used by your surgeon to insert the artificial joint.
‘Bikini’ incision Hip Replacement
A ’bikini’ incision hip replacement refers to the skin incision that is made in order to perform a hip replacement. The scar is cosmetically and visually pleasing as it is hidden in the groin skin crease. The added advantage is that the the hip replacement is performed through the anterior approach.
Hip Labral Repair
Labrum is a ring of strong fibrocartilaginous tissue lining around the socket of the hip joint. Labrum serves many functions where it acts as shock absorber, lubricates the joint, and distributes the pressure equally. It holds the head of the femur in place and prevents the lateral and vertical movement of the femur head with in the joint. It also deepens the acetabular cavity and offers stability against femoral head translation.
Labral tear may be caused by trauma, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), hip hypermobility, dysplasia, and degeneration. It is one of the rare conditions and is common in athletes playing sports such as ice hockey, soccer, golf and ballet. Structural abnormalities may also cause hip labral tear.