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Hip Arthroscopy FAQs

Hip Arthroscopy


Common questions regarding Hip Arthroscopy

When can I walk after a hip arthroscopy?

Full weight-bearing and walking is allowed immediately. Initially, this will be aided by crutches. Most people will walk independently by 10-14 days postoperatively.

When can I drive after a hip arthroscopy?

You should not drive for 48 hours after an anaesthetic. After 48 hours, your ability to drive will depend on the side you had your operation, left or right, the type of vehicle you drive, manual or automatic and the type of pain relief you are taking.  Mr Slattery will discuss this with you post operatively.

When can I return to work after a hip arthroscopy?

Your return to work will vary depending on the procedure performed and type of work you are engaged in. Most people can return to office work within 2 weeks. Labour intensive work however, may require you to take 4-6 weeks before returning to full duties.

When can I play sport after a hip arthroscopy?

Low impact activities, such as cycling can be commenced from week two. If your procedure involves bone removal, high impact activities, such as running and jumping, are best avoided for 6 weeks post-surgery. Sport specific re-training can commence from week 6, with the aim to return to elite level sports 3 months post-surgery.

How long will I take to heal after a hip arthroscopy?

The wounds take 7-10 days to heal. Most patients improve dramatically in the first 6 weeks. Occasionally, there are periods where the hip may become sore and then settle again. This is part of the normal healing process. It takes three months for your hip to fully recover from hip arthroscopy. Continued improvements may be gained up to 1 year post-surgery.

How much pain will I experience after a hip arthroscopy?

Your experience of pain will vary depending on the procedure performed and the amount of pre-existing damage in your hip. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how little pain they have after the procedure. Local anaesthetic is injected before and after the procedure to minimise any pain you may feel.

Will FAI return after a hip arthroscopy?

The symptoms of FAI occur when impingement occurs between the ball and socket of your hip. Once the abnormal growth of bone in your hip joint has been removed, it is unlikely to grow back. The risk of ongoing damage to the hip is now low as the cause of the FAI has been removed.

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