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Anyone Here Had Arthroscopic Hip Surgery?

I am scared about my probable upcoming surgery.
A mild malformation of the left hip was found: mild hip dysplasia - and it's causing painful tendonitis which has not responded to anything. My referring doc is sending me to the best arthroscopic hip surgeon for this, but i'm scared that I won't be able to return to full activity.
Doc thinks they can reshape the head of the femur, at the socket. (i run, climb, am very active. I'm 51, but he still thinks i'm a good candidate for arthroscopic, and says I don't need hip replacement.) I meet w/the first of 2 docs tomorrow, & of course i'll ask these questions, but:
---anyone know the success rates for arthroscopic hip surgery? Or anyone had this surgery? --any feedback would be greatly appreciated -- thanks a lot -
- hilary
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replied March 2nd, 2006
Scope Surgery In Hip

i had two scopes done on my hip in the last year. Its not bad, I had a prior "open" surgery. Trust me a scope is a piece of cake compared. The first scope I was up and walking the next day, my problem was I had to slow down. I felt so much better and compared to the first surgery, it was great. Restriction wise no driving, no going up stairs, and no crossing the legs for a few weeks. The second surgery, was more extensive and had restrictions just like the first surgery. Six week prodigal like hip replacement. You go nuts before the month is out!!! Due to my hip, I am unable to have any more scopes done. I was told after the first one, that he could do one every year or so. After this last one, he said thats it, cant do it 2 a year. So, a hip replacement is the only option left. Doc said its not a matter of if, but a matter of when.

If you have any questions about the actual surgery, I help as much as I can. The best thing about a scope is your outpatient. The doctor will tell you it can take up to a year for the hip to heal. It is still surgery, just less inevese (sp?) ( it wont hurt as bad as open surgery). Trust me, that stinks!! I had hip replacement surgery, with out the hip replacement, and I really dread having that done. I dont see how elderly people handle it. I was 33 at the time, and was rough.

Hope everything works out for you. If there is anything I can do to help you just ask.
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replied March 24th, 2006
Hi there,
i have a similar problem.
Would like to know if you had the surgery , who did it and how did you do?
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replied December 3rd, 2010
Hi Smile
I have a similar problem. I am 21 years old and had excruciating back and hip pain for almost a year now. I went undiagnosed for about 6 months until going to the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC to see a hip and low back specialist. I'd previously had epidurals and pain management to help with the pain, but nothing was working. Come to find out I have severe bilateral hip impingements, severe retroversion, and severe bilateral labral tears (as well as an annular disc tear). Previously, after the x-rays on m pelvis/hips, the doctor said I was a candidate for an arthroscopic surgery. Now because the retroversion of my hips (meaning my hips sit too far back and out on my spine) I need an open hip derotational osteotomy, as well as shaving of the femoral heads and fixation of the labral tears. I will have a ton of pins and plates in my hips and well, this whole surgery scares me! I'm on disability for at least 4 months, so hopefully I'll be back on my feet (literally) in no time! Smile The whole healing process takes up to a year. Thankfully, I am having two of the best surgeons in the country, one a children and young adult's open hip surgery specialist, and the best arthroscopic surgeon in the country. I think closer to the date I will get more nervous, but my advice to you is just get it done. If its going to take away your pain and let you continue on with your active lifestyle, go for it. Don't worry, since you're having a great surgeon I wouldn't worry about pain or anything after surgery. What I did was search the internet for information about my surgery so I know exactly what is going to happen, and I feel a lot better about it.

Good luck with your surgery and I hope you have a speedy recovery Smile

My surgeons: Dr. Ernest Sink, MD, and Dr. Bryan Kelly - arthroscopic surgeon in NYC (assistant doctor for the new york giants) He's done surgery on tons of famous athletes so that makes me feel better!
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replied July 6th, 2011
Thank you for sharing your story. My daughter was diagonsed with hip displasia and as you can imagine I am very concerned. My wife and I met with Dr Sink and were very impressed. This is a very aggressive surgery and we want to be certain we are making the best possible decision for our 17 yr old daughter. Any input would be appreciated. Hope you are continuing to do well.
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