Hip arthroscopy is also known as minimally invasive surgery or keyhole surgery of the hip joint. In hip arthroscopy, doctors can view into your hip joint through a small incision. It can help to treat a wide range of hip problems. Hip arthroscopy can be done as a same-day surgery that takes only 2 hours in most cases.
During hip arthroscopy, doctors insert an arthroscope into your hip joint, which is a small camera that displays the internal pictures on a monitor. The doctor uses the pictures to diagnose the problem with your joint and uses miniature surgical instruments to perform any repairs or reconstruction.
The good thing about keyhole surgery is that it requires very small incisions to be made in order to perform the surgery. As a result, the patient feels less pain, less stiffness and less swelling. It also takes a very short time to recover after the surgery.