Arthroscopy is a word for surgical procedure in which the doctor places a viewing instrument into the joint so that they may view of the inside of that joint. The word comes from two Greek roots “arthro” [Gk=arthron] which means “joint” and “skopos” which means “to look at, as in a target”. This procedure allows them diagnose and treat joint problems.
During hip arthroscopy, your surgeon inserts a small , narrow lens attached to a camera, called an arthroscope, into your hip joint. The camera displays pictures on a television screen, and your surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments.
Hip arthroscopy has been performed for many years, but is not as common as knee or shoulder arthroscopy. During arthroscopy, your surgeon can see the structures of your hip in great detail.
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