Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that gives doctors a clear view of the inside of a joint. This helps them diagnose and treat joint problems.
During hip arthroscopy, a small camera, called an arthroscope, is inserted into the hip joint. The camera displays pictures on a television screen, serving as a visual road map to help guide miniature surgical instruments. Hip arthroscopy has been performed for many years, but is not as common as knee or shoulder arthroscopy.
Hip arthroscopy may relieve painful symptoms of many problems that damage the labrum, articular cartilage, or other soft tissues surrounding the joint.