Hip arthroscopy is a modern minimally invasive surgical technique that can be used to treat various conditions affecting the hip joint. It has revolutionized our ability to diagnose and treat painful conditions of the hip that affect young active individuals and athletes. Often the pain results from an injury or overuse during athletic activity, and persists despite some conservative treatments. Some of these conditions include hip impingement, snapping hip syndromes, labrum tears, cartilage injury and loose bodies. Recent studies indicate that some of these conditions can precipitate the early development of arthritis.
Previously these conditions were poorly understood and surgical treatment involved large incisions and dissections which often resulted in significant down-time and soft tissue injury, necessitating prolonged recovery and rehabilitation. Currently hip arthroscopy can be performed on an outpatient basis and can allow for a quicker return to symptom-free function.
If you are a young or middle-aged active individual and are experiencing hip pain, or painful catching or popping sensations after an injury, or discomfort with prolonged sitting or activity, you may benefit from an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon with specialty training in hip arthroscopy.
Alexander M. Aboka, MD, MPH, of Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and shoulder and knee reconstructive surgery. He completed an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has provided sports medicine coverage at a variety of levels with high profile teams, including the University of New Mexico Lobos and the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Aboka, please contact us online or call our office directly at 757.215.3789.