5 Reasons You May Want to Reconsider Hip Arthroscopy
Hip arthroscopy has become a very common surgery and is most often performed for labrum tears in the hip joint or hip impingement. Unfortunately, however, while this surgery is billed as a less invasive option for open hip surgery, hip arthroscopy has its own long list of side effects and, in many cases, simply isn’t effective. So, today, we’re looking at 5 common hip arthroscopy complications that may make you want to reconsider that hip arthroscopy.
Hip Arthroscopy Complications
1. Hip Arthroscopy Worsens Arthritis
In one study, researchers discovered that even the most minimal amount of arthritis present at the time of surgery drastically reduced outcome results. In fact, nearly 6 in 10 experienced worsening of their arthritis following hip arthroscopy.
2. Hip Arthroscopy Can Result in “Portal Syndrome”
To access the hip joint for hip arthroscopy, first, an incision is made through the skin and tissue and into the hip joint; a scope is passed through this access point to allow the surgeon to visualize the hip. Then separate incisions are made to create portals, or tunnels, into the hip joint; these portals allow the surgeon to pass instruments through in order to perform the surgery.
As mentioned in number two above, one of the little-known hip arthroscopy complications is that nerves can become entrapped in portal sites, but nerve damage during hip arthroscopy doesn’t stop there. In order to make enough room in the joint for the instruments used during hip arthroscopy, a great deal of traction is used to pull the hip. So much traction, in fact, that the femoral nerve, the major nerve that supplies the leg and thigh, is often unable to transmit signals as the surgery is being performed.
If you’re considering hip arthroscopy, we hope our 5 reasons to reconsider hip arthroscopy will help you come to the right decision for you. At the very least, please don’t assume that because it isn’t as invasive as open hip surgery, such as a hip replacement, it must be risk-free. As you now know, there are major hip arthroscopy complications that must be considered, and with regenerative medicine options available, hip arthroscopy doesn’t have to be a given.
Our Doctors that Treat Hip Arthritis with Regenerative Injections
Christopher J. Centeno, MD
Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. is an international expert and specialist in Interventional Orthopedics and the clinical use of bone marrow concentrate in orthopedics. He is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with a subspecialty of pain medicine through The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Centeno is one of the few physicians in the world with extensive experience in the culture expansion of and clinical use of adult bone marrow concentrate to treat orthopedic injuries. His clinic incorporates a variety of revolutionary pain management techniques to bring its broad patient base relief and results. Dr. Centeno treats patients from all over the US who…
My passion and specialization are in the evaluation and treatment of cervical disc, facet, ligament and nerve pain, including the non-surgical treatment of Craniocervical instability (CCI). I quit a successful career in anesthesia and traditional pain management to pursue and advance the use of PRP and bone marrow concentrate for common orthopedic conditions. I have been a patient with severe pain and know firsthand the limitations of traditional orthopedic surgery. I am a co-founder of the Centeno-Schultz Clinic which was established in 2005. Being active is a central part of my life as I enjoy time skiing, biking, hiking, sailing with my family and 9 grandchildren.
Dr. Pitts is originally from Chicago, IL but is a medical graduate of Vanderbilt School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. After Vanderbilt, he completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. The focus of PM&R is the restoration of function and quality of life. In residency, he gained much experience in musculoskeletal medicine, rehabilitation, spine, and sports medicine along with some regenerative medicine. He also gained significant experience in fluoroscopically guided spinal procedures and peripheral injections. However, Dr. Pitts wanted to broaden his skills and treatment options beyond the current typical standards of care.
Post-residency, Dr. Markle was selected to the Interventional Orthopedic Fellowship program at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic. During his fellowship, he gained significant experience in the new field of Interventional Orthopedics and regenerative medicine, honing his skills in advanced injection techniques into the spine and joints treating patients with autologous, bone marrow concentrate and platelet solutions. Dr. Markle then accepted a full-time attending physician position at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic, where he both treats patients and trains Interventional Orthopedics fellows. Dr. Markle is an active member of the Interventional Orthopedic Foundation and serves as a course instructor, where he trains physicians from around the world.
Doctor Hyzy is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) and fellowship-trained in Interventional Orthopedics and Spine. Dr. Hyzy is also clinical faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; In addition, Dr. Hyzy is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at The Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hyzy also maintains an active hospital-based practice at Swedish Medical Center and Sky Ridge Medical Center. He is also recognized and qualified as an expert physician witness for medical-legal cases and Life Care Planning. He is published in the use of autologous solutions including…
Dr. Money is an Indiana native who now proudly calls Colorado home. He attended medical school at Kansas City University and then returned to Indiana to complete a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program at Indiana University, where he was trained on non-surgical methods to improve health and function as well as rehabilitative care following trauma, stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, etc. Dr. Money has been following the ideology behind Centeno-Schultz Clinic and Regenexx since he was in medical school, as he believed there had to be a better way to care for patients than the status quo. The human body has incredible healing capabilities…