Hip Scope Surgery Performed by Dr. Ryan Eads in Louisville, KY
A hip scope, or hip arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that may be performed to diagnose or treat certain causes of hip pain. If you are experiencing disruptive pain and have not found relief with conservative treatment, you may want to explore hip scope surgery with a specialist. If so, you can confidently entrust your care to Ryan Eads, MD, a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who practices at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic. Dr. Eads is one of the few surgeons in the Louisville, Kentucky, area who specializes in hip arthroscopy.
Why Is This Procedure Called a Hip Scope?
When performing hip scope surgery, Dr. Eads makes a few tiny incisions around the hip, then inserts an arthroscope, or “scope”—a flexible tube with a miniature camera attached to the end. Using the scope, Dr. Eads captures real-time images of the interior of the joint, which are displayed in high magnification on an external monitor. While viewing the images, Dr. Eads can precisely remove loose debris, repair damaged soft tissues, or sculpt a misshapen bone.
Is a Hip Scope Appropriate for You?
In general, minimally invasive hip surgery may be a good option for you if you have been diagnosed with:
- A hip labral tear – A tear in the hip socket’s outer rim of cartilage
- A bone spur (osteophyte) – A bony deposit on a bone in the hip joint that is interfering with smooth movement
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) – An unusually shaped hip joint that causes two bones to rub together during movement
- Synovitis – Inflammation in the hip joint lining
In addition to providing pain relief, treating these conditions with a hip scope may delay the onset of—or slow the progression of—hip osteoarthritis, and thus postpone or eliminate the need for a total hip replacement.
Request a Consultation
After performing a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Eads can help you decide if a hip scope is right for you. Contact Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic today to schedule an appointment at our state-of-the-art orthopedic center in Louisville, KY.