Exploring the Benefits of Bi-lateral Hip Arthroscopy

When it comes to hip injuries and ailments, finding the right treatment approach is essential. Bi-lateral hip arthroscopy is a procedure that enables a surgeon to examine the hip joint internally using a small camera called an arthroscope. Hip arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of hip-related problems and the procedure has gained popularity among patients and physicians alike due to its potential benefits.

What is Bi-lateral Hip Arthroscopy

Bi-lateral hip arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that involves the use of a tiny camera and specialised tools to diagnose and treat conditions affecting both hips in one session. Unilateral hip arthroscopy, on the other hand, focuses on the treatment of one hip at a time. These procedures are minimally invasive and the surgeon is able to access the hip joint through small incisions.

Benefits of The Procedure

Simultaneous Treatment

One of the primary advantages of bilateral hip arthroscopy is the ability to address issues in both hips during a single surgery. This means that individuals suffering from hip conditions such as labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) or cartilage damage can have these issues resolved in a single procedure, even when both of their hips are affected. This helps to lower the total cost of the surgery and reduces the amount of time patients have to spend in recovery.

Minimally Invasive

Compared to traditional open hip surgeries, hip arthroscopy offers a far less invasive option. The procedure requires only a few small incisions, resulting in less tissue trauma and reduced pain. The arthroscope itself and the surgical tools used are very small to allow them to fit into the incision. Patients often experience less scarring through this method and a quicker return to their daily activities.

Improved Diagnostic Accuracy

The use of a tiny camera during a bi-lateral hip arthroscopy allows surgeons to visualise the joint structures in great detail. This enhances diagnostic accuracy and helps identify additional problems that may have been missed through other diagnostic methods. The ability to view the joint up close enables surgeons to better evaluate the problem without having to make large incisions.

Potential for Faster Recovery

Due to the minimally invasive nature of hip arthroscopy, patients typically experience a quicker recovery compared to open surgeries. The reduced tissue damage and smaller incisions contribute to less post-operative pain and also lower the risk of complications. Physical therapy and rehabilitation can be initiated earlier, allowing patients to regain strength, mobility and function more rapidly. This is especially advantageous for sports injuries where a patient needs to recover as fast as possible to continue practising their craft.

As with any medical procedure, it’s essential that you consult with a qualified orthopaedic surgeon before booking your procedure. While many patients have reported positive outcomes and satisfaction with the procedure, it may not be the best option for everyone. Factors such as age, overall health and the severity of the hip condition may impact the success of the surgery. Some individuals may prefer non-surgical treatment options, such as physical therapy or medication, before considering surgery.

Book a consultation with us at Centurion Day Hospital if you are considering a bi-lateral hip arthroscopy! Our professional team of surgeons will assess whether you are a viable candidate for surgery and answer any questions you may have.