Private Hip Arthroscopy Surgery

A keyhole investigation of the hip

What is a hip arthroscopy?

A hip arthroscopy procedure allows your consultant to see inside your hip joint using a small surgical camera (arthroscope) inserted through tiny cuts in your hip, hence it is describe as a minimally invasive procedure, widely used as the first steps of hip surgery. An arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a range of hip problems without open surgery. Hip arthroscopy is typically a day case procedure where the patient isn’t required to stay overnight.  After the procedure, the patient is often provided with painkillers and crutches to help with mobility.

Recovery time from a hip arthroscopy varies from patient to patient due to an individual’s state of health to the type of treatment administered during the arthroscopic procedures.  Recovery plans include exercises and a referral to a physiotherapist, to support the recovery programme to get back to every day activities from driving a car and returning to work.  Physiotherapy can start within the first couple of days post operation, either as an inpatient or outpatient and depending on the needs of the patient can be a programme of up to 6 weeks.


What can a hip arthroscopy help diagnose and treat?

A hip arthroscopy is both a diagnostic procedure and a treatment used for a range of common hip conditions, these include:

From removing loose or damaged tissue, repairing tears or to reshaping the bones and cleaning out the hip joint, this minimally invasive, same day, outpatient procedure can explore the source of hip pain and treat hip issues in one procedure.

Treating the above conditions may help to postpone arthritic hips and delay the need for a primary hip replacement.

What are the risks of hip arthroscopy surgery?

Any surgical procedure carries risks. The risk this type of surgery carries relates to injury to blood vessels, nerves and muscles surrounding the incision and infection.  However, with the development of minimally invasive procedures, such as hip arthroscopy surgery, risks continue to reduce.  

Need to know – hip arthroscopy surgery

  • What happens during a hip arthroscopy procedure? icon plus

    An arthroscopy is usually done under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make two or three very small cuts on your hip to insert the arthroscope and surgical instruments. A sterile solution will then be used to wash out your hip joint so that they can see inside it more clearly. This solution may cause some swelling in the leg when waking up post surgery. The body will naturally absorb this fluid over the following days.

    An arthroscopy will help them to diagnose any pain or mobility issues you may have. If they identify a problem, specialised surgical instruments may be used alongside the arthroscope to repair damaged tissue on the same day. They will then use stitches or adhesive strips to close the small cuts. The whole procedure usually takes 60 to 90 minutes. 
  • How to prepare for hip arthroscopy surgery icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. They will let you know how to prepare, including how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Arthroscopy surgery recovery icon plus

    You should be able to go home the same or next day after your procedure. The area where the cuts were made may feel swollen and tender for a few days. Your consultant will let you know what to expect and how to care for your hip while it heals.

    They may recommend some physiotherapy exercises to help with your recovery. Your consultant will also let you know if further surgery may be needed and when you can get back to your usual routine. The physiotherapist will recommend exercises and stretches to do at home.  Programmes typically run for a minimum of 6 weeks. 

    A follow up outpatient appointment is organised to remove any sutures. Pain medication will be prescribed to help manage any pain post surgery.  Patients report varying recovery times to getting back to their expected level of physical activity; on average expect a 3 month period, if physio exercises progress well.  Long haul air travel is not recommended within this time. Finally, as arthroscopy is a keyhole surgery, small cuts are made into the hip area, so there will be small scars where the incisions were made. These will vary in size according to the treatment you received.

Our hip arthroscopy consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic experts, specialising in problems and conditions of the hip and pelvis, who are experienced in treating a range of conditions affecting the hip joint and pelvic area.

Paying for private hip arthroscopy costs

Paying for private medical treatments may be arranged by private medical insurance or directly by an individual, known as self-pay. Costs are finalised once a diagnosis and course of treatment are confirmed by the consultant.

Book Hip Arthroscopy Surgery in London, Birmingham or Cheshire

1. To book your HCA UK appointment, either complete our online form or call 020 3553 2091. Remember to have your GP referral letter within reach. 
2. We’ll confirm your appointment on the phone or if you have any special requests we will get back to you via phone or email, as per your preference, within 24 hours


Our hip surgery locations and diagnostic centres

After your initial consultant appointment, you may be referred for imaging. We have 20 diagnostic centres which means we can offer appointments on the same day of your appointment. 



Central: 16 Devonshire Street, 30 Devonshire Street, 154 Harley Street, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH)

North London: Platinum Medical Centre, Elstree Diagnostic Centre, Golders Green Outpatient & Diagnostics Centre

The City: Docklands Medical Centre, 31 Old Broad Street, HCA UK at The Shard

West London: Chiswick Medical Centre

South London: King’s Road Chelsea, Sydney Street Chelsea



The Princess Grace Hospital, The Wellington Hospital, The Portland Hospital, The Lister Hospital, London Bridge Hospital and The Harley Street Clinic


The Harborne Hospital


The Wilmslow Hospital

Request a hip or pelvis appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced hip consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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