Hip Arthroscopy

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An Overview on Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is a popular procedure for patients living in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California communities suffering from a hip injury or condition that requires surgery. Arthroscopic hip surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that allows Dr. Jervis Yau, orthopedic hip surgeon, a clear view of the inside of the joint so he can diagnose and treat a number of joint conditions.

During arthroscopic hip surgery, Dr. Yau will insert an arthroscope, a small camera, into the damaged hip joint. The arthroscope displays images on a television screen so he can use the images to diagnose the condition, as well as use the images to guide special surgical instruments to complete the repair.

Dr. Yau utilizes hip arthroscopy to treat these common injuries and conditions:

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Recovery and Rehabilitation Following Hip Arthroscopy

The majority of hip arthroscopy procedures are performed by Dr. Yau and his orthopedic team on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Recovery is much quicker with this minimally invasive approach, but patients must still plan to allow for 4-6 weeks to recover before returning to normal daily activities.  Return to sports is typically around 4-6 months.

Following arthroscopic hip surgery, patients will be required to use crutches or a walker for a 3-6 weeks depending on the procedure. Dr. Yau will apply a dressing to cover the repaired hip joint following surgery. It is important patients keep the incisions clean and dry until Dr. Yau allows showering and bathing and a change of dressing.

Patients will experience pain following the procedure that will be managed by oral pain medications and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) to help control pain and inflammation. Patients are also encouraged to utilize ice during the recovery process.

A physical therapy program will be prescribed based on the surgical procedure performed by Dr. Yau. The physical therapy rehabilitation program is critical to achieve the best recovery possible. A physical therapist will guide each patient through a series of exercises to strengthen and return mobility to the repaired joint.

Hip Arthroscopy Recovery Time

Many patients will be able to return to full activities following a minimally invasive arthroscopic hip surgery. The exact recovery time depends on injury, injury severity and the procedure performed by Dr. Yau.

To learn more about arthroscopic hip surgery, or to determine if you are a candidate for minimally invasive hip arthroscopy, please contact Dr. Jervis Yau, orthopedic hip surgeon in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area.

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