Hip Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy of the hip is a surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat problems with the hip joint. This surgery can also be used to repair damage to the cartilage, ligaments, or joint surfaces in the hip. Hip arthroscopy provides a much more minimally invasive option than traditional open surgery. If you are considering this procedure, this page provides you with ‘need to know’ information.

What is hip arthroscopy?

Hip arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that uses a small camera called an arthroscope to look inside the hip joint. The arthroscope is inserted through a small incision in the skin near the hip joint. Images from the camera are transmitted to a video monitor so that your surgeon can see the inside of your hip joint.

Arthroscopy of the hip can diagnose and treat several problems with the hip joint, including:

  • Loose bodies
  • Cartilage damage
  • Hip labral tears
  • Hip impingement
  • Bone spurs
  • Synovitis

How is hip arthroscopy performed?


Hip arthroscopy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you will be able to go home the same day. The surgery usually takes less than two hours.

Before the procedure, you will be given general anesthesia to keep you asleep and pain-free during the surgery. Once you are sleeping, your surgeon will make a small incision in the skin near the hip joint. The arthroscope will then be inserted through this incision.

Once the surgery is finished, the incisions will be closed with stitches or staples. You will then be taken to a recovery room to wake up from the anesthesia.

If you are considering hip arthroscopy in Boca Raton or Boynton Beach, be sure to consult with one of our qualified orthopedic surgeons. At Orthopaedic Surgery Associates, our surgeons are experienced in performing this procedure and will work with you to ensure you have a successful surgery and recovery.

a repaired hip labrum

What are the benefits of arthroscopy of the hip?

Arthroscopy of the hip comes with several benefits. First, it is minimally invasive, meaning less risk of complications and a shorter recovery time than traditional hip surgery. Second, arthroscopy can diagnose the cause of your hip pain, which may be due to several different factors such as arthritis, bursitis, or tendonitis. Finally, if the damage is found during arthroscopy, the procedure can often eliminate your hip pain and help you avoid hip replacement surgery.

If you are involved in outdoor sports or other activities that stress the hip joint, you may be a candidate for hip arthroscopy. The procedure can help you get back to your active lifestyle quickly and less pain.

Who performs Hip Arthroscopies?

The Orthopaedic Surgery Associates team is composed of Board-Certified orthopedic physicians with extensive experience of hip arthroscopies.

Dr. Jonathan Hersch, for example, is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon who is fellowship trained in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery. His practice consists of arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. He is one of very few doctors in South Florida to perform hip arthroscopy on patients with various hip disorders. 

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Dr. Jonathan Hersch

What are the risks associated with arthroscopy of the hip?

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with hip arthroscopy. These include infection, bleeding, blood clots, and nerve or vessel damage. There is also a risk that the problem will not be resolved after the surgery or return the pain. However, these risks are rare, and your surgeon will discuss them with you before the surgery.

If you are considering hip arthroscopy in South Florida, including Boca Raton, please contact us to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure and help you to understand any risks.

How long does it take to recovery from a hip arthroscopy?

Recovery from hip arthroscopy is a step by step process - for 2-4 weeks depending on the procedure you will be walking with crutch assistance. Most patients are walking normally with minimal discomfort by a month. With proper adherence to our protocol and therapy most patients can return to sport between 4-6 months.

Learn more about hip arthroscopies at Orthopaedic Surgery Associates

set up for hip arthroscopy


If you are experiencing hip pain or think you may need surgery to correct a problem with your hip joint, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Orthopaedic Surgery Association. Our hip surgeons are highly skilled in performing hip arthroscopies and minimally invasive surgery. This procedure can provide patients with significant pain relief and improve their range of motion.

Our hip surgeons are Board Certified, and Fellowship trained in their fields, and are assisted by Registered Physical Therapists, Clinical Exercise Physiologists, Certified Physician Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Certified Hand Therapists.

In addition, we provide total patient care management by our orthopedic doctors in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. As a result, our patients receive the highest quality of care possible.


For your convenience, you can visit either of our locations:

  • Orthopedic Center in Boca Raton
  • Orthopedic Center in Boynton Beach
  • New Orthopedic Clinic in West Boynton Beach 

For a full list of services provided at our orthopedic centers contact us today!


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