In arthroscopy, your doctor looks inside a joint with a tiny camera. Small instruments are used to repair joint problems. The camera gives your surgeon a clear view inside the hip without making a large incision. With the newest high-resolution cameras, this procedure has become even more effective for diagnosing joint problems. Doctors can even perform complex surgery through the scope.
You may be a candidate for hip arthroscopy if you are active but have painful hips, and if your doctor believes there is a chance to preserve the cartilage in your hip. If you have hip arthroscopy, you might not need hip replacement surgery, or might not have it as soon.