Types of Orthopedic Hip Surgery
Different types of hip surgeryDepending on the cause and severity of your hip pain, doctors may perform one of the following surgeries:
- Arthroscopy — Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive form of hip surgery that uses a thin flexible tube known as an arthroscope. A camera at the end of this tube provides the surgeon with a visual of the operation. This allows the use of smaller incisions and instruments since the surgeon doesn’t need to make a large opening to see what they’re doing.
- Joint resurfacing — Also known as a partial knee replacement, surgeons use this procedure to treat cartilage damage when it’s not severe enough to warrant a total hip replacement. During joint resurfacing surgery, the surgeon fits a metal socket onto your hip socket and reshapes the ball of the joint to work with the new socket surface.
- Total joint replacement — Chronic conditions and severe injuries that damage the cartilage, bones and other tissue in the hip may require total joint replacement for treatment. In this procedure, the socket of the joint is fitted with an artificial surface and the ball of the joint is removed and replaced by an artificial one.
Risks of hip surgeryOur orthopedic surgeons have years of training and experience in safely performing different hip surgeries. We are careful to reduce the chances of complications during surgery. Although they are rare, complications that can occur from hip surgery include:
- Nerve damage
- Blood loss
- Blood clots
- Ineffective artificial joint implant
- Altered leg length