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Hip arthroscopy surgery is a minimally invasive form of surgery that causes very little trauma to the hip joint. A small camera (called an arthroscope) that is encased by a flexible tube (cannula) provides the surgeon with expanded views of hard-to-access joints. Only two or three small incisions in the skin are needed to afford room for the tube and surgical instruments.
In a typical hip arthroscopy surgery procedure, the surgeon will examine the condition of the cartilage in the hip joint, which is a "ball-and-socket" joint. Cartilage on the head of the femur forms the ball of the joint; the acetabulum — an inwardly curved surface of the pelvis — forms the socket.
Common hip arthroscopy surgery treatments include removal of loose cartilage and bone spurs, as well as repairing the hip joint's labrum, cartilage that helps to hold the femur inside the acetabulum socket.
The orthopedics departments of John C. Lincoln Hospitals hope you find this overview of hip arthroscopy surgery informative and helpful.