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An arthroscopy serves to suture the labrum and/or remove the impingement between the femur head and hip socket. Our specialist, Dr. Vandeputte, specializes in treating young adults and (elite) athletes.

Following problems can be addressed with this:

  • Injuries of the labrum (labrum tear) of the hip joint
  • Femoro-acetabular impingement of the hip (collision between the femoral head and the socket of the pelvis)
  • Joint mouse (corpus liberum) or calcification
  • Cartilage flaps getting stuck during movement

Of these, labrum injury and femoro-acetabular impingement are the most common. During the arthroscopy, the excess bone is removed. During the same operation, we also see if we can correct the labrum injury. In this way, it is possible to prevent further wear and tear.

The patient is put under general anesthesia. Through 2-3 incisions (2 cm in size) around the hip, the surgeon can insert a camera (arthroscope) and other instruments (hooks or scissors) into the hip joint. To do this, the hip is pulled out of its socket. This creates enough space in the hip joint. Then, the surgeon removes the impingement (the extra bone) and repairs the labrum (= the cartilaginous ring around the hip socket) if necessary. The arthroscopy is done in a day hospital and takes 45 minutes.

If it is decided to perform an arthroscopy, you will be guided through the entire process by our HipCloud application and Hip Coaches. You will be prepared for surgery and monitored afterwards, together with your own physical therapist.

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