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Hip Arthroscopy: Before Surgery

Woman sitting at desk talking to doctor.Your surgeon may have recommended hip arthroscopy. This procedure may relieve much or all of your hip pain. In fact, you may be moving around more easily soon after surgery. But depending on your original hip problem, it can take up to several months for you to fully heal. And you’ll likely need to commit to a prescribed rehabilitation (rehab) plan.

Before Your Procedure

You will be examined and have certain tests. These help make sure you are healthy enough for surgery. Then, you may meet with your surgeon. At this meeting:

  • Your surgeon may explain more about the surgery and discuss risks with you.

  • You may be told to not eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours before surgery.

  • You should tell your surgeon what medications you take. And ask if you should stop taking any of them.

  • You may be given a prescription for pain medication to take after the surgery.

Risks and Complications

Although safe, hip arthroscopy has certain risks and possible complications. These include:

  • Nerve or blood vessel injury

  • Infection

  • Bleeding

  • Blood clots

  • Continued or increased hip pain

  • Damage to articular cartilage or labrum

  • Progression of arthritis

  • Need for more surgery

Before Surgery

Use this list to remind you what to do before your surgery:

  • Tell your surgeon what medications, supplements, or herbal remedies you take. Ask if you should stop taking any of them before surgery.

  • If possible, fill any prescriptions for post-op pain medications before you have the procedure.

  • Confirm what time you should arrive at the hospital or surgery center. Arrange for an adult family member or friend to give you a ride to and from surgery.

  • Don’t eat or drink anything as you’ve been instructed before your procedure. This includes water, gum, and mints.


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