Inflammation in the thin, smooth hip lining may cause debilitating pain. It usually occurs as a sudden onset. The joint’s abnormal rubbing and further inflammation will irritate the hip, at times down to the knee. The patient may walk with a limp to avoid the pain or abstain from walking at all.
Adults are more vulnerable to synovitis if they suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, or gout. This leads to a painful range of motion in the hip in all directions, and resting typically leads to some relief.
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 communities and cities in this part of the state.
A mild case of synovitis may prompt a “wait and watch” approach involving rest and medicines. In case the condition does not resolve remarkably in two or three days, the patient may need a synovectomy(removing the inflamed tissue) to reduce the associated pain significantly.
Synovitis of the hip causes the lining of the joint (synovium) to become inflamed, painful and swollen. In arthritis, a significant amount of taut, smooth tissue covering the hip’s “ball” and “socket” (cartilage) is damaged. Arthroscopy orthopedic surgery can treat arthritis and synovitis using only tiny incisions and specialized instruments.
In the Operating Room
Immediately before the surgery, the patient may be asked about which hip needs to receive treatment. This is a standard measure for extra safety. The patient will receive general anesthesia in the operating room to keep them comfortable throughout the procedure.
After the patient receives anesthesia, their leg is delicately pulled to widen the hip joint. Subsequently, the surgeon places a few tiny incisions known as portals. Using these portals, they insert surgical instruments, including the arthroscope.
The arthroscope sends pictures of the joint onto a video screen. These pictures enable the surgeon to view the inside of the joint. The joint is filled with sterile fluid to enable the surgeon to view with more clarity.
Repairing Synovitis and Arthritis
In the treatment of synovitis, a portion of the compromised synovium is taken out. The surgeon may achieve this through shaving tissue through arthroscopic surgical tools. To treat arthritis, the surgeon removes or uses a shaver to smooth torn or loose cartilage. Arthritis may cause bone spurs. The surgeons will remove the bone spurs if any. After the procedure is complete, the surgeon will close and bandage the portals. Then the patient will be taken to the recovery area.
Benefits of Hip Arthroscopic Surgery
The advantages of hip arthroscopy orthopedic surgery are as follows:
- Tiny incisions are placed.
- It mostly is performed as an outpatient surgical procedure.
- It facilitates faster and accelerated rehabilitation. According to the condition being treated, the patient may receive instructions not to bear their entire weight post-surgery for some time or to wear a hip brace to restrict hip motion.
- For several patients, it enables them to resume their regular activities more rapidly than if a traditional, substantial incision procedure is used.
Committed orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan receives patients from North Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas 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:
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