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Hip Arthroscopy

Hip Arthroscopy in Melbourne


A minimally-invasive surgical procedure used in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of hip problems, hip arthroscopy allows Dr David Slattery to inspect the interior of a hip joint without the use of large incisions through skin and soft tissue. Dr Slattery has received fellowship training from internationally recognised European and Australian leaders in hip arthroscopy, giving him a depth of knowledge on this technique.

During hip arthroscopy, a series of small cuts referred to as keyhole incisions are made and a small camera, called an arthroscope is inserted into your hip joint. The images from this camera are broadcast to a video monitor, which Dr Slattery uses to guide miniature surgical instruments.

Because the arthroscope and surgical instruments are thin, your surgeon can use very small incisions, rather than a larger incision needed for open surgery. This results in less pain, less joint stiffness, and shortens the time it takes to recover.

Mr Slattery may recommend hip arthroscopy if you have a painful condition that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment. Nonsurgical treatment includes rest, physical therapy, and medications or injections that can reduce inflammation.

The length of the procedure will depend on what is found and the amount of work to be done. At the end of surgery, the arthroscopy incisions are stitched closed. An absorbent dressing is applied to the hip.

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Left: An arthroscopy is performed through keyhole incisions. Right: A photo taken with an arthroscope showing damage to the labrum and cartilage inside of the hip joint.
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How hip arthroscopy can help you

Hip arthroscopy can relieve painful symptoms from the labrum, cartilage, or other tissues surrounding the joint, it can also be utilised to investigate and treat pain coming from hip replacements. Minimising the size of the incision means that recovery from hip arthroscopy may be faster than techniques requiring large incisions through skin and tissue.

Conditions which can be treated using hip arthroscopy include:

Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)

A disorder in which extra bone develops along the acetabulum (pincer impingement) or on the femoral head (cam impingement). This overgrowth of bone causes damage to the surrounding soft tissue of the hip during movement, potentially leading to a predisposition to arthritis. More information

Labral Tears


A condition in which the hip socket is abnormally shallow. This results in greater stress on the labrum in order to keep the femoral head within the socket, making the former more susceptible to tearing.

Psoas Tendinitis

Frequently caused by total hip replacement, this is an irritation of the tendon of the psoas muscle at the front of the hip

Snapping hip syndrome

A condition characterised by a snapping sensation felt when the hip is either flexed or extended, caused by a tendon rubbing along the outside of the joint. Often harmless and not requiring treatment, in some cases the tendon may be damaged from the repeated rubbing.


Inflammation of the hip joint.

Loose bodies

Fragments of bone or cartilage become loose and move around within the joint.


High energy trauma can cause damage to the hip joint, which can in some cases be addressed with the use of hip arthroscopy

Hip joint infection

Arranging a consultation for a hip arthroscopy in Melbourne

Communication is central to Dr Slattery’s practice, and he endeavours to thoroughly discuss the process with patients during their appointment to find the ideal solution. During your consultation, Dr Slattery will assess you individually, addressing your unique needs while discussing the best option for you.

When you’re ready to arrange a consultation for your hip arthroscopy, please contact one of Dr Slattery’s Melbourne consultation rooms, or make an appointment via our online enquiry form.

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