Dr. Miller on 3 Plus You

Benji Miller, MD
Arthroscopic and Total Joint Replacement Surgeon

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat problems of the hip joint and surrounding soft tissues. It allows surgeons to view the hip joint without making a large incision and can be used to address a wide range of hip problems.

Many hip issues involve the cartilage, which is the soft tissue at the end of the bone that helps the joint move smoothly. When this is damaged in the hip, knee or shoulder, some patients may benefit from this minimally invasive approach to alleviating the pain.

“In the hip and shoulder as well, there’s soft tissue called the labrum that helps with the stability of the joint. When hip pain is caused by the labrum, we can in many cases go in with a camera and repair it through small incisions like we can with the knee and shoulder,” says Benji Miller, MD, fellowship trained sports medicine and arthroscopy surgeon with Center for Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics. “Like with any orthopaedic problem, we’ll exhaust non-surgical management options first. Sometimes injections help, and many times physical therapy and activity modifications can ease the pain. After that, hip arthroscopy is an option for some patients.”

Compared to open procedures, the smaller incisions and tools used in hip arthroscopy can cause less disruption to the hip joint and result in less pain and scarring, fewer complications and a shorter recovery time.

If you’re suffering from hip pain that is keeping you up at night or interfering with exercise or your normal, daily activities, it may be time to seek orthopaedic care. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller, call (423) 642-2696.

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