Re: Anyone have a Hip Arthroscopy?
As I mentioned in swimbunnie's other post, I have had three hip arthroscopies in the last five years. I went undiagnosed from age 14 to age 29, and was an elite swimmer (breast-stroker, to boot!) for four of those years, so my case is little different than most.
Are you expecting to have an arthroscopy? What is the doctor planning to do? Labral rim trimming, arthroplasty, microfracture, synovectomy, labral refixation, curretage? How long have you suffered from symptoms?
Please, please choose your doctor very carefully. My first surgeon was a general ortho. He damaged the joint forcing the instrumentation into the joint. I have since found a doctor who performs only hip arthroscopies; he looked at the pictures from the first surgery and said that the first surgeon did more damage to the joint than what he fixed. The good news was that after the first surgery, my hip no longer locked up and got stuck. The bad news was that I had daily pain, which I did not have prior to surgery. Make sure that your doctor has a plan on what to do if he can't get into the joint. My new hip doctor says that he performs a capsulotomy in about 80 percent of his hip arthoscopies. Apparently, whether to perform a capsulectomy of a matter of great debate, but I prefer a surgeon with a plan.
The amount of post-op pain and recovery length will depend a lot on your current condition and the amount of work your surgeon is planning.