Hip Arthroscopy Surgery FAQs

Do I Need a GP Referral to Have Hip Arthroscopy?

A referral from your GP is not necessarily needed before meeting with a private surgeon for arthroscopic hip surgery. It is often advisable to discuss your symptoms with your GP before a consultation to ensure that you see the right specialist to resolve your symptoms.

Once you have met your surgeon, they may ask for permission to speak to your GP about your medical history. This allows them to be fully informed about any existing medical conditions and your overall health ahead of surgery.

If you are planning to use your medical insurance to pay for your arthroscopy hip surgery, you should check with your insurance provider to see if a GP referral is required.

Are There Alternatives to Hip Arthroscopy?

In most cases, your surgeon and GP will first advise non-surgical measures to help manage your hip discomfort. Sometimes these are insufficient and surgery is needed to treat your symptoms or prevent further complications from occurring. Both FAI and osteoarthritis can be treated by several different procedures depending on the severity of disease and your symptoms.

Please refer to the FAI and hip osteoarthritis pages for more information about these conditions and the various treatment options.

Published: Tuesday, 9 February 2021

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