Hip Arthroscopy Surgery Cost and Procedure Guide
1.5 to 2 hours
Day case or 1 night
Local with sedation or general
3 to 6 months
Hip Arthroscopy is a type of minimally-invasive orthopaedic surgery that can treat a range of hip issues including osteoarthritis and femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and many others. Small tools are used to reshape the hip joint which may result in faster healing and recovery compared to traditional hip surgery.
Why Have Hip Arthroscopy Surgery?
Arthroscopic hip surgery aims to relieve pain and improve function and mobility in your hip joint by reshaping the joint so it works and moves more easily. Hip arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery. This means only small incisions are made around the hip and the surgery is performed with small tools that are inserted into the hip.
While every patient experience is different, patients may not need to stay in the hospital overnight after the surgery and may be able to return to their normal life more quickly than if they had had traditional hip surgery that involves much larger incisions and more invasive techniques.
Hip arthroscopy has some other benefits over traditional hip surgery:
- Shorter recovery time
- Less scarring
- Less pain after surgery
- Less risk of infection and other complications
As with any other orthopaedic hip surgery, arthroscopy is likely only a good option for patients if other methods like physiotherapy, painkillers, and steroid injections do not manage pain or improve mobility.
How Much Does Hip Arthroscopy Surgery Cost?
Prices for UK orthopaedic surgery vary depending on a variety of factors. The location of the hospital, the surgeon operating, what services are included as well as pre-existing health conditions all impact the cost of your arthroscopic hip surgery.
In the UK, hip arthroscopy can cost from £2,500 and up to £9,000 or more. Hip arthroscopy prices are inclusive and transparent. After your consultation, you are given a bespoke price for the hip arthroscopy.
This price includes:
- Nursing staff
- Surgery theatre cost
- Imaging costs
- 7 days worth of any medication prescribed by the surgeon
- A standard mobility aid such as crutches or a cane
- 8 post-operative physiotherapy sessions
- 1 post-operative x-ray
- Post-operative appointments with the surgeon
The cost of your hip arthroscopy will not include
- Diagnostic consultations
- £250 for initial consultations
- £150 for additional diagnostic consultations
- Diagnostic imaging scans
- Estimated £150 per x-ray
- From £240 for MRI scans
During the consultation, the surgeon will tell you what scans are needed before surgery. Private orthopaedic care comes with many benefits like more freedom to choose appointment times, surgeon and hospital but the price can be difficult to budget without the surgeon's assessment of the patient's needs.
The Hip Arthroscopy Procedure
Hip arthroscopy takes around 1.5 to 2 hours but can vary depending on how the surgeon plans to correct your hip joint. Although tools and techniques may vary from surgeon to surgeon, the general method for arthroscopy is the same.
Types of Hip Arthroscopy Incisions
Incisions known as port sites will be made on the skin around the hip to allow the camera and fine instruments inside. The fluoroscope (a portable x-ray device) may also be used to help the surgeon see the bones of the joint more clearly.
These incisions will likely be on the side of the hip at various places depending on the technique the surgeon uses and how many tools they need to use during surgery.
Incisions vary in size and location according to the technique used. Patients will be told where these incisions will be placed well before surgery after consulting with the surgeon.
Hip arthroscopy can be used to treat a variety of hip issues. The most common are FAI and osteoarthritis of the hip as described below.
Hip Arthroscopy for Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
When treating FAI with arthroscopic hip surgery, the surgeon uses tools to reduce the size differences between the ball and socket to help them fit together correctly.
Hip Arthroscopy for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis can cause abnormal pieces of bony tissue to grow within the joint called osteophytes.
The small tools inserted into the hip during surgery are used to shave off these pieces of bone to prevent them from growing into the joint.
Many hip arthroscopy patients spend only one night in hospital after surgery, and some are fit to go home on the same day.
Your surgeon will tell you if you will stay in hospital overnight well before the day of your surgery.
Physiotherapy After Surgery
The vast majority of patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery require physiotherapy and post-operative appointments as they recover. Both of these make sure the joint heals well and that strength returns to the area or limb operated on.
It is vital that patients follow any advice, recommendations and stretching or exercise regimens given by the surgeon or physiotherapist. Everything they recommend is meant to give the best results and healthiest hip possible once recovered.
Potential Risks & Complications Associated with Hip Arthroscopy Surgery
The risk of developing complications after arthroscopic hip surgery is much lower than the risk associated with traditional open surgery methods. However, even though the risk is reduced, patients should still be aware before agreeing to have surgery. The orthopaedic surgeon will walk you through all the risks well before surgery so patients can make an informed decision about their care.
Risks and complications associated with arthroscopic hip surgery include:
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage