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Hip Arthroscopy Surgery Helps to Treat Loose Bodies of Bone or Cartilage

Loose bodies occur when fragments of cartilage and/or bone break off and stay within the joint. Such tiny, floating fragments can become caught in the hip during shutterstock 216586288 300x200 - Hip Arthroscopy Surgery Helps to Treat Loose Bodies of Bone or Cartilagemotion.

This can make a person feel as if their hip is stuck or locked. Additionally, this frequently causes sudden pain. Hip arthroscopy orthopedic surgery can remove loose bodies effectively.

Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI), led by board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan, provides hip arthroscopy procedures to patients in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.


Injury or other damage to the hip can generate loose bodies of cartilage covered fragments of bone that float around the joint. Such pieces can get stuck and lead to locking symptoms and serious pain.

Synovial chondromatosis refers to a condition in which the lining of the joint is abnormal. It develops small cartilage lumps that can float around leading to pain when they get caught in the joint. Arthroscopy can help remove these and treat the synovitis.

Loose bone or cartilage fragments in the hip joint can lead to painful joint locking and catching. Through a procedure known as arthroscopy, the surgeon can remove any loose fragments from the hip. This procedure uses tiny incisions and specialized instruments.

One such apparatus is an arthroscope, which is a small, tube-like instrument that a surgeon uses to view the inside of a patient’s joints.

In the Operating Room

Immediately prior to the surgery, the patient will be asked which hip needs treatment. This is a standard safety protocol in the operating room. The patient will likely receive general anesthesia to perform the orthopedic surgery procedure safely and painlessly for the patient.  

When the patient is under the effect of the anesthesia, their leg is gently pulled to widen their hip joint. Then the surgeon places a few tiny incisions (portals). Using these portals, they will insert surgical instruments, including the arthroscope.

The arthroscope transmits pictures of the joint to a video screen. These pictures enable the surgeon to see within the patient’s joint. Also, the joint is filled with sterile fluid so that the surgeon can see in a precise manner.  

Removing Loose Bodies

Once the surgeon finds the loose bodies in the hip, they will try to remove them via a surgical tool, such as a grasper. However, at times the loose bodies are too significant to be removed. In such cases, the surgeon will disintegrate the loose bodies into smaller fragments.

After that, they will remove these fragments through the portals. When the surgeon completes the procedures, they will close and bandage the portals. Then the patient will be taken to the recovery room.

Hip arthroscopy is an effective surgery that has enabled a number of patients to restore the function of their hip and experience a reduction in pain due to their hip. Hip arthroscopy surgery is minimally invasive.

The surgeon places tiny incisions to assess and treat a wide range of painful hip problems. The surgeon will place two to three small incisions near the patient’s hip joint to conduct hip arthroscopy surgery.

Dedicated orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan receives patients from North Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other towns and cities across the Californian landscape for hip arthroscopy procedures.

Dr. Tigran Garabekyan is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip preservation. To learn more about Southern California Hip Institute or to schedule a consultation, click here to contact us or call:

Century City / Los Angeles: 310.595.1030

Serving patients in Encino, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, West Hollywood, Century City, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and other neighboring cities in the greater Los Angeles, California area.

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