Hip Arthroscopic Surgery
- Hip Arthroscopic Surgery
- Keyhole surgery to treat labral tear / articular cartilage damage
- Special training and techniques required (ask your surgeon)
- Outcomes are dependent on amount of articular cartilage damage (>2cm2 of bare bone is a poor indicator of outcome)
- Outcomes also dependent on capsular preservation (Paul’s technique)
- Must have completed a prehabilitation program before
- 2 weeks protected weightbearing unless large cartilage damage (>2cm2) where 6 weeks will be required
- Must do a rehabilitation program (critical) after surgery with a hip specialist therapist
- Expect 9-12 months for recovery after surgery
- Purpose of surgery is to return to activity and reduce requirement for a Hip Replacement
Please note: If major articular cartilage repair has been undertaken – then above time frames are delayed
Frequently Asked Questions – Hip Arthroscopy
When should I start physiotherapy?
Before your outpatient appointment which will be 2 weeks post op
How long should I have physiotherapy for?
When can I drive?
2-3 weeks post op, when you can perform an emergency stop safely and you are off crutches
Is pain expected?
Mild to moderate for 1-2 weeks
How long will I be off work for?
2 weeks with a graduated return over the following 4 weeks. You will have limited mobility and walking times/distances for the first 6 weeks.
Full commute ability is expected after 6 weeks.
Will I be able to walk normally?
You will need to use crutches for 2-4 weeks but walking distances will increase following this.
How long do I need to wear stockings for?
How long do I need to keep my dressing on for?
Can I go home by myself?
When can I start exercising?
Exercise with cycling or swimming at 4 weeks, walk/run programme at 4 months and full competitive sports at 8-10 months. All of the above with the advice from your Physiotherapist
When can I fly?
After 6 weeks