What is included in the postprocedural care following hip arthroscopy?

Updated: Apr 10, 2019
  • Author: Bart Eastwood, DO; Chief Editor: Dinesh Patel, MD, FACS  more...
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Hip arthroscopy is generally an outpatient procedure. Depending on the procedure, bracing can be used for 2-6 weeks after surgery if there is concern that excess range of motion (ROM) may damage the repair or contribute to instability. If resection gives rise to concern about possible stress fracture or femoral neck fracture, limitations on weightbearing may be imposed, generally for 2-6 weeks after surgery. Physical therapy is generally initiated as soon as possible postoperatively. Passive ROM with continuous passive motion (CPM) or an exercise bike is initiated as soon as possible as well. These early measures can help prevent arthrofibrosis and adhesive capsulitis.

A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or aspirin is administered for at least 3 weeks to minimize risk of heterotopic ossification. Postoperative follow-up visits are scheduled at regular intervals for checking wound status and advancing rehabilitation.


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