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Edward E Bell Jr. MD
(812) 945-8792
1919 State St
New Albany, IN
Specialties
Orthopedics

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John Lawrence Nehil, MD
(502) 636-9118
3 Audubon Plaza Dr Audubon Medical Plaza Ste 640
Louisville, KY
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1974

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Zack R Stearns
(502) 636-9226
3 Audubon Plaza Dr
Louisville, KY
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Gary Fred Bloemer, MD
(502) 636-9226
3 Audubon Plaza Dr Ste 220
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1982

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Nithin Reddy, MD
(502) 364-0916
1410 Christy Ave
Louisville, KY
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Amitava Gupta, MD
(502) 561-4263
1313 Saint Anthony Pl
Louisville, KY
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Male
Education
Medical School: Maulana Azad Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1978

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Thomas Matthew Gabriel
(502) 721-8288
6400 Dutchmans Pkwy
Louisville, KY
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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S Pearson Auerbach, MD
(502) 893-6959
6400 Dutchmans Pkwy Ste 235
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1949

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Nancy Faller Shackleton, DMD
(502) 637-2900
3019 Preston Hwy
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Shari Rosenberg Gabriel
(502) 721-8288
6400 Dutchmans Pkwy
Louisville, KY
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Hip Arthroscopy

A Patient's Guide to Hip Arthroscopy

Introduction

A hip arthroscopy is a procedure where a small video camera attached to a fiberoptic lens is inserted into the hip joint to allow a surgeon to see without making a large incision. Arthroscopy is now used to evaluate and treat orthopedic problems in many different joints of the body. While not as common as arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder, hip arthroscopy is used to evaluate and treat certain problems affecting the hip joint and the space outside the hip joint known as the greater trochanteric bursa.

This guide will help you understand

  • what parts of the hip are treated during hip arthroscopy
  • what types of conditions are treated with hip arthroscopy
  • what to expect before and after hip arthroscopy

Anatomy

What parts of the hip are involved?


The hip joint is one of the true ball-and-socket joints of the body. The hip socket is called the acetabulum and forms a deep cup that surrounds the ball of the upper thigh bone. The thigh bone itself is called the femur, and the ball on the end is the femoral head. The ball and socket arrangement gives the hip a large amount of motion needed for daily activities like walking, squatting, and stair-climbing.

The surfaces of the femoral head and the inside of the acetabulum are covered with articular cartilage. This material is about one-quarter of an inch thick in most large joints. Articular cartilage is a tough, slick material that allows the surfaces to slide against one another without damage.

The gluteus maximus is the largest of three gluteal muscles of the buttock. This muscle spans the side of the hip and joins the iliotibial band. The iliotibial band is a long tendon that passes over the bursa on the outside of the greater trochanter. It runs down the side of the thigh and attaches just below the outside edge of the knee. Two other buttock muscles attach to the greater trochanter, the gluteus medius and the gluteus minimus. These muscles are known as the abductors because they function to pull the lower leg away from the body - a motion that is called abduction. These muscles can be torn where they attach to the greater trochanter causing pain and and weakness as well as a snapping sensation.

Where friction must occur between muscles, tendons, and bones, there is usually a bursa. A bursa is a thin sac of tissue that contains a bit of fluid to lubricate the area where the friction occurs. The bursa is a normal structure, and the body will even produce a bursa in response to friction. The bursa next to the greater trochanter is called the greater trochanteric bursa.

The hip joint is surrounded by a water-tight pocket called the joint capsule. This capsule is formed by ligaments, connective tissue and synovial tissue. When the joint capsule is filled with sterile saline and is distended, the surgeon can insert the arthroscope into the pocket that i...

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