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Hip Arthroscopy–What is it?

In simple terms, hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows a surgeon to see inside your hip joint to diagnose and treat certain conditions. 

On this episode of the Between the Bones Podcast, the host Adamtalksto Dr. Durham Weeks, a surgeon at OrthoCarolina. In addition to talking about the basics of the hip arthroscopy procedure, Dr. Weeks will share his expertise on the hop and how it works, what types of patients are good candidates for hip arthroscopy, and what the recovery period looks like after the surgery.

In this episode, you’ll learn: 

  • The basics of hip arthroscopy
  • The types of pain and symptoms that hip arthroscopy can help mitigate
  • How early intervention through hip arthroscopy slows the destruction of the joint
  • How hip impingement can be compared to uneven wear on car tires
  • The standard timeline for rehabilitation post-surgery
  • How the health of your hip joints can predispose you to other injuries

Featured Voices

Dr. Durham Weeks
Durham Weeks is an orthopedic physician specializing in sports medicine and hips at OrthoCarolina.

At OrthoCarolina, Dr. Weeks specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery for injuries involving the hip, knee, and shoulder. He continues ongoing research into the surgical and non-surgical management of pre-arthritic hip conditions and has developed a hip arthroscopy registry to track patient outcomes. He is the Assistant Team Physician for the Carolina Panthers and the head team Physician for all of Davidson College Athletics

A glance at the episode…  

  • [2:30]: How hip arthroscopy allows you to peer inside of the hip without replacing it
  • [3:29]: Dr. Weeks sees patients from ages 12 all the way to 70 years old!
  • 4:38]: What is the main thing that causes pain in the hip? It’s called the labrum.
  • [5:18]: Hip dysplasia and impingement are the leading causes of arthritis later in life. What can help mitigate those two conditions? Hip arthroscopy
  • [7:27]: Hip impingement: when the ball does not fit well into the round socket... and how Dr. Weeks compares that to uneven wear on car tires
  • [10:16]: How Dr. Weeks learns from his colleagues in the shoulder and knee groups to advance this procedure
  • [12:18]: Hips control a large part of the movement in the lower half of your body. Why is that important for athletes and patients?

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August 18, 2022

I am 74 , so would I be a candidate for this procedure.
- Julian
Reply From: OrthoCarolina

August 18, 2022

Thank you for your question, Julian. We recommend speaking with your hip surgeon to see if you are a candidate as there are many factors that go into the decision if you would benefit from the procedure.