Centurion Day Hospital is Fully-Equipped for Hip Arthroscopy Procedures

Our hips generally experience a lot of strain during the course of our lives. Whether your job requires you to do a lot of walking or spend a lot of time seated at work, your hips and surrounding muscles are constantly working to maintain a good posture. It should come as no surprise then that we tend to experience problems with our hips as we age. And with so many moving parts being put under tension regularly, you face the possibility of experiencing medical issues in this area, no matter your age. If you are experiencing lingering issues with your hips your doctor might advise you to undergo a hip arthroscopy procedure to diagnose and possibly treat your condition.

When is an Arthroscopy Necessary?

This procedure could be your best option if you experience hip joint pain for extended periods. Especially if the pain does not respond to nonsurgical treatment such as physical therapy, rest and medications intended to reduce inflammation. If you have previously experienced an injury in the hip area fragments of bone or cartilage may have become separated and could now be the source of discomfort within the joint. Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that is able to locate and remove these fragments. 

Hip Arthroscopy Procedure

An arthroscope is a thin, flexible device that is equipped with a light and a camera that is connected to a monitor system. During a hip arthroscopy procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision close to the affected hip. They will then insert an arthroscope into the incision and direct the camera towards the hip joint. The surgeon is able to navigate the camera using a magnified video feed on the monitor. This view of the hip joint enables them to visually identify the cause of the patient’s symptoms.  

Hip arthroscopy is effective at diagnosing hip ailments and it can also be used to treat certain conditions. The procedure can be used to remove damaged tissues from the joint, repair tears in the ligaments surrounding the joint or repair damage to the bones. To be able to reach the affected areas with special surgical tools, a surgeon might have to make an additional cut close to the initial one. Hip arthroscopy surgery could be an option to treat hip impingement, a hip labral tear, hip dysplasia, snapping hip syndrome and synovitis (inflammation of the joint lining) to name a few. 

Hip arthroscopy is performed on an outpatient basis at Centurion Day Hospital and the procedure does generally not take longer than 3 hours. Our facilities are well equipped to perform arthroscopies on different joints in the body and our surgeons have extensive experience treating related conditions. Contact us today if you require any orthopaedic services or browse our website for more information on any of the surgeries performed at our facility!  


Orthopaedic Surgery – Understanding Different Orthopaedic Procedures

Orthopaedic surgery is quite a broad term used to describe several procedures that are generally focused on correcting bone and joint conditions. Orthopaedics as a whole is a field of study that concentrates on the movement of our bodies and the muscles, bones, joints, tendons and ligaments that facilitates movement. As our bodies age these parts of our body, known as the musculoskeletal system, will degenerate slowly. As the muscles and tendons start to become weaker the likelihood of sustaining an injury to the joints increases.

Many people will indeed require orthopaedic surgery due to acute conditions caused by the effects of ageing, but there are also a number of chronic conditions that orthopaedic surgeons can address. 

Let’s have a look at some of the Orthopedic procedures commonly performed:

Tenotomy – Ankle Tendon Lengthening

Individuals with an atypical foot can experience a contracture of the Achilles tendon, which can lead to muscle spasticity and chronic pain in the foot. A contracted muscle could also lead to poor posture and cause even more discomfort in the future. During tenotomy surgery, an orthopaedic surgeon lengthens the Achilles tendon by making small cuts on the tendons to relieve tension on the tendon, when the tendon heals it then retains the new length. This procedure has also been effective at treating clubfoot as it improves the flexibility of the ankle and corrects the positioning of the foot.

Arthroscopy – Joint Diagnostic and Repair

During an arthroscopy, a surgeon uses a very small camera to inspect the inside of a patient’s joint. A small incision is made and the device is manoeuvred to the affected site, giving the surgeon a close-up view of whatever may be causing the patient discomfort. In some cases, the surgeon is able to correct the problem using small instruments within the arthroscope tube. An arthroscopy can be used to diagnose ailments within both the knee and shoulder joints.  

Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs through the wrist, is compressed. This can lead to numbness in the hand and the condition tends to worsen over time. A carpal tunnel release procedure can be used to relieve pressure on the median nerve if it becomes compressed by bones or ligaments. An incision is made in the palm of your hand and the carpal tunnel ligament is then cut to reduce the tension on the nerves while also increasing the size of the tunnel.

Various orthopaedic procedures are performed at Centurion Day Hospital’s state of the art facilities daily. Our professional team of staff members are dedicated to providing the best possible care to all of our patients. Book a consultation with one of our qualified surgeons today, or browse our website for more information on any of the procedures performed at our facility.