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Hip Arthroscopy in Melbourne
Hip arthroscopy is a highly specialised surgical procedure that allows Dr Slattery to see inside the hip joint without making a large incision (cut) through the skin and other tissues. Arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of hip problems. Dr Slattery has gained expert knowledge on hip arthroscopy from fellowship training in Europe and Australia from internationally recognised leaders in this area.
During hip arthroscopy, a small camera, called an arthroscope is inserted into your hip joint via keyhole incisions. The camera displays pictures on a video monitor, and these images 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.
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.
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.
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 bone overgrowth damages the soft tissues of the hip during movement and may predispose to arthritis. More information
A condition in which the hip socket is abnormally shallow. This puts more stress on the labrum to keep the femoral head within the socket, and makes the labrum more susceptible to tearing.
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
Cause a tendon to rub across the outside of the joint. This type of snapping or popping is often harmless and does not need treatment. In some cases, however, the tendon is damaged from the repeated rubbing.
Inflammation of the hip joint.
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 fill out our online enquiry form.