Surgery for Femoroacetabular Impingement

What Happens at Hip Arthroscopy?

Hip Surgery Rehabilitation FormA critical part of hip arthroscopic surgery is the rehabilitation a patient receives after the procedure. This can make the difference between failure and success. The Practice would strongly advise that a link was made with a suitably qualified rehabilitation team before surgery so that a rehabilitation programme can begin fairly shortly after the procedure. Indeed, there is some advantage in attending a rehabilitation programme before surgery, so-called prehabilitation, as this can set the scene for what is to follow.

As a rough guide, rehabilitation can begin in earnest approximately one week after hip arthroscopic surgery and may continue for up to four months, sometimes for even longer. It is quite normal for a patient to feel discomfort in the hip for six weeks or more after surgery. Usually this will be groin discomfort but occasionally pain may be felt elsewhere. Sometimes a patient may feel occasional discomfort even one year after hip arthroscopic surgery but this is generally not a major issue.

The Villar Bajwa Practice is keen that as many patients as possible follow a similar post-operative rehabilitation protocol as this makes it much simpler to interpret post-operative results. The problem for the Practice is that patients come from so far and wide that they may receive different rehabilitation regimes from their local rehabilitation specialists when they return home, wherever in the world that may be. Consequently, the Practice is most grateful to Pure Sports Medicine (London, UK) for their guidance in putting together a detailed rehabilitation protocol for hip arthroscopic surgery, which may be downloaded here.