Pediatric Arthroscopic Surgery

Minimally invasive joint procedures

When a child needs surgery, our goal is to make it as easy on the patient as possible.

Some hip conditions can be treated with arthroscopic surgery. A small camera is inserted into the joint through several small incisions. This allows doctors to view the condition and repair it with tiny surgical instruments like shavers, drills and burs.

Advantages

The advantages of arthroscopic surgery over open surgery include:

  • Less pain
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Possibly an earlier return to school and other activities
  • No overnight stay required (in most cases)

Hip conditions

Not every hip condition can be treated with an arthroscopic procedure. But advancements have made it an option for a growing list of hip conditions, including:

  • Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
  • Loose bodies, or free-floating fragments of bone or cartilage
  • Labral tears
  • Snapping hip syndrome
  • Trauma- and sports-related injuries
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE)
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease

Recovery

Recovery time for arthroscopic hip surgery is shorter than for open surgeries. Each procedure is different and may have a different set of guidelines for recovery. Physical therapy is required in most cases.