Running, exercise and sports have countless benefits and can improve your physical and mental health. But these activities can also take a toll on your body, including your joints. Prolonged wear and tear, along with unexpected injuries often result in painful conditions. Fortunately, Columbus Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic
Years ago, surgery to repair a joint usually meant a large incision and a long, painful recuperation. Today, Columbus Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic offers relief from joint ailments through arthroscopic surgery, or arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure that allows for a less painful and faster recovery. In many cases, arthroscopy is performed on an outpatient basis, eliminating the need for an overnight hospital stay.
If you’ve tried medication, physical therapy and joint supports and they are no longer helping, you may be a candidate for arthroscopy.
Hip arthroscopy may be recommended for hip conditions that do not respond to nonsurgical treatment. Hip arthroscopy may be recommended as treatment for the following conditions:
Hip impingement (femoroacetabular impingement)
Removal of loose fragments of cartilage inside the hip joint
Compared to open surgical procedures, these smaller incisions and tools cause less disruption to the hip joint and related soft tissues and result in:
Less pain and scarring
Fewer complications and less risk of infection
Shorter recovery time
After anesthesia, your leg will be put in traction. Your hip will be pulled away from the socket enough for your surgeon to insert instruments, see the entire joint and perform the needed procedures.
Two to five small incisions are made around the hip to insert the arthroscopy camera and necessary instruments. An X-ray machine is used to guide the tools into the hip joint. Fluid irrigates and fills the joint space for better viewing.
Your surgeon will evaluate the joint before beginning any specific treatments.
Once the problem is clearly identified, your surgeon will insert other small instruments through separate incisions to repair it.
After the surgery, you’ll be sent home to recover and rest for several days, keeping the joint elevated and applying ice to relieve swelling and pain. You’ll likely be able to resume normal activities shortly after surgery, although the joint may take several weeks to fully heal. Physical therapy or the use of crutches may be recommended during your recovery.
To find out how hip arthroscopy can help you or to request a consultation with a surgeon, call 402-562-4700.
Healthpark Medical Office Building
4508 38th St., Suite 133
Columbus, Nebraska 68601
Columbus Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic
Columbus Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic staff have more than 100 years of combined medical and surgical experience and they utilize the most progressive techniques in orthopedic care.
The team of surgeons and physician assistants at Columbus Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic works closely with each patient to provide optimal solutions for their orthopedic needs.
The practice is dedicated to restoring patient function and mobility as quickly as possible.
Drs. Volkmer, Brandenburg and Kulovitz have been a significant driving force in upgrading and establishing state-of-the-art equipment at Columbus Community Hospital over the years and they are actively involved in orthopedic medicine initiatives, both locally and nationally. Dr. Borer also brings his expertise on the newest techniques for the treatment of foot and ankle ailments to the clinic.