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With the rapid rate in which technological advancements are assisting the medical industry, new surgical equipment has led to more options for patients with hip disorders, hip injuries and other issues. For these patients, these advancements have allowed them to return to their everyday lives quicker and can even prevent the need for joint replacement surgery.

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery used to correct a variety of hip disorders and injuries. Typically, patients who respond best to this procedure are active individuals with hip pain related to lesions or cartilage loss normally associated with arthritis.

Hip arthroscopy has done wonders for diagnosing hip disorders early, which has been one of the primary reasons for an increase in this procedure’s frequency of use.

Many patients with hip disorders or injuries will respond favorably to non-surgical treatment options such as medication and physical therapy. If these measures fail, surgery is often indicated.

To learn more about hip disorders and the many treatments available, contact hip and pelvis specialist Dr. Nicholas Mast at his San Francisco office to set up an appointment. .

Before undergoing a hip arthroscopy, you should work with your surgeon to decide whether or not to proceed with the surgery. When considering options, it’s important to understand as much about the procedure as possible. If you have concerns or questions, be sure and talk to board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Mast.

Once you’ve decided, you’ll need to take several steps. Dr. Mast will likely recommend a complete physical examination by your regular doctor to help ensure you’re in the proper condition to undergo the operation.

You may also need to spend time with a physical therapist, who may potentially manage your post-operative rehabilitation. This allows for a head start on your hip arthroscopy recovery. One purpose of this visit is to establish a baseline of information. The therapist will check your current pain levels, ability to do your activities, and the movement and strength of each hip.

A second purpose of the preoperative visit is to prepare you for surgery. The therapist will teach you how to walk safely using crutches or a walker. You’ll also begin learning some of the potential exercises used during recovery.
You shouldn’t eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.

To learn more about hip arthroscopy, contact the Hip and Pelvis Institute at Saint Francis Hospital.