The hip is a ball at the top of the femur, or thigh bone, which fits directly inside the socket of the pelvis. To lubricate the joint and prevent friction, the body utilizes cartilage. With age, the bones and cartilage surrounding the hip can become damaged or diseased, resulting in severe stiffness and pain. In some cases, conservative methods can assist with joint repair, but in more severe circumstances, hip arthroscopy is required to diagnose and treat the damage.
Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that provides Dr. Nicholas Mast with a three-dimensional image of the hip, allowing for the most accurate assessment of the situation. From there, Dr. Mast can make the appropriate joint repairs, which may be possible within the same procedure as the arthroscopy.
For more details about joint repair or hip arthroscopy in general, contact the San Francisco office of Dr. Mast.