During arthroscopic hip fusion, the thigh bone is permanently joined to the pelvis with screws, locking the hip in place to reduce pain. This procedure is performed with a minimally invasive method that utilizes an arthroscope (a narrow tube with a video camera on its end) inserted through small incisions in order to guide the surgeon through the procedure.
Also Known As:
- Arthroscopic joint fusion-hip
- Arthroscopic hip joint fusion
- Arthroscopic hip arthrodesis
- Hip arthroscopy
- Arthroscopic surgery
- Hip surgery
- Hip fusion
Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Hip Fusion:
Arthroscopic hip fusion is utilized in order to treat hip injury, chronic sepsis, severe hip pain, and arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the hip.
Non-surgical alternatives to arthroscopic hip fusion include strength training, pain medication, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory steroid injections. Losing weight and wearing a hip brace can also help. Hip replacement is a surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Hip Fusion:
Arthroscopic hip fusion can be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure. Local or regional anesthesia can also be used.
Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Hip Fusion:
Possible risks following arthroscopic hip fusion include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience reduced mobility and for the bones to fail to fuse together.
Prognosis after Arthroscopic Hip Fusion:
The prognosis for a positive end result following hip fusion is very good. In most cases, joint pain is relieved.