Hip arthroscopy has been around for over a quarter century, but has evolved rapidly over the last decade as a surgical means to treat a variety of hip conditions. The technique involves 2-3 small incisions that allow a small arthroscope (joint camera) and miniature instruments to view the hip joint without making a large incision (cut) through the skin and other soft tissues. The arthroscope displays pictures on a video monitor that are used to guide the miniature surgical instruments. The benefit of being able to make small incisions results in less pain, less joint stiffness, and often shortens the time it takes to recover and return to favorite activities.
Hip arthroscopy is not as common as knee or shoulder arthroscopy. Hence, many orthopedic surgeons do not perform it. There are only a few centers in the United States that specialize in training surgeons to perform hip arthroscopy. New England lacks surgeons who have trained at such institutions until now. Dr. Connor Ziegler completed his fellowship training at the prestigious Steadman-Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado under the direction of Dr. Marc Philippon, who is one of the leading pioneers and researchers in hip arthroscopy.
If you are suffering from chronic hip ailments, it is important that you are evaluated by a orthopedic doctor to determine the cause of your condition and what treatment options are available, which may include hip arthroscopy. Call 413-785-4666 to make an appointment.