Hip Chondroplasty Overview
Arthroscopic chondroplasty is a procedure that Dr. Boykin performs on patients who have articular cartilage injuries without exposed bony surfaces. Using several small incisions, Dr. Boykin will be able to assess the locations of damaged cartilage through the use of a tiny camera that is inserted into the joint. This guides him to find the damaged areas and using small surgical tools, he then smoothes the irregular areas and removes the loose pieces of cartilage. This particular approach is successful in patients with small, partial thickness conditions where the damage has not yet reached the bone itself.
Recovery Following Hip Chondroplasty
Following a guided and progressive physical therapy program (post-op), many patients are able to resume normal activities with minimal pain. In certain patients who are found to have exposed bone from loss of cartilage on one side of the hip (femoral or acetabular) with good intact surrounding cartilage, they may be a candidate for a microfracture procedure.
For more information on arthroscopic hip surgery, including chondroplasty of the hip, please contact the office of Dr. Robert Boykin, orthopedic hip specialist serving patients in Asheville, Arden, Fletcher and surrounding North Carolina communities.