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Hip Arthroscopy Specialist

Kane Orthopedic Institute

Thomas J. Kane, III, MD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Adult Joint Reconstruction Surgeon located in Honolulu, HI

Hip Arthroscopy Q&A

What is a hip arthroscopy?

A hip arthroscopy is a modality of treatment for several specific problems you may experience with a hip joint. It is a minimally invasive procedure done as outpatient surgery, usually requiring two small incisions. 

It most commonly involves cartilage treatment for a small tear inside the hip joint in an area called the labrum. 

The labrum acts much like the meniscus in the knee as a shock absorber in the joint and occasionally can be torn with athletic activities or even activities of everyday living.

What are the symptoms associated with a hip arthroscopy?

The symptoms are usually sharp pain in the groin with certain movements or activities. The labrum does not have a blood supply but does have a nerve supply. Because it doesn't have a blood supply, the body is incapable of healing it on its own.  Because it has a nerve supply, it becomes symptomatic. 

If you have these types of symptoms, you should come in for an evaluation by Dr. Kane. A specialized type of MRI may be necessary to aid in the diagnosis. This MRI is called an MRI Arthrogram, which is very accurate in determining whether or not you have a labrum tear. 

Dr. Kane was the first orthopedic surgeon in the state of Hawaii to perform hip arthroscopy in the 1990s. The treatment is an outpatient surgical procedure and is highly effective. Most patients require crutches from 2-5 days afterward and a short course of physical therapy. 

The relief of pain and symptoms is often quite dramatic and immediate.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kane's office to schedule an appointment or consultation.