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If You Are Considering Hip Arthroscopy, Why Is It Important to Choose a High Volume Surgeon?

Hip arthroscopy is one of the most common and successful orthopedic surgeries available. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make it a routine one for every orthopedic surgeon.

And it’s safe to say that you’d want to avoid needing to have a revision surgery to get the results you want.

That’s why it’s important to choose the right high volume orthopedic specialist to get the best treatment possible. In today’s blog, we’re going to review the benefits of hip arthroscopy, what a “high-volume surgeon” means, and how you can get the best care possible.

What is a High Volume Orthopedic Surgeon?

Being a high volume orthopedic surgeon simply means that they frequently perform a specific type of surgery. In addition to being highly specialized, a high volume arthroscopic surgeon will operate on patients using this procedure over 50 times a year.

The reason you want a high volume orthopedic surgeon is simple: they are skilled and comfortable performing a procedure due to their familiarity with it, and frequency performing it.

The old saying ‘practice makes perfect’ holds true in medicine. High volume orthopedic surgeons, like Dr. Vigdorchik, are not just highly trained. They also perform these specific procedures frequently, allowing them to consistently improve their ability to perform the procedure.

Studies have shown that patients who seek high volume orthopedic surgeons have better outcomes. A 2003 study by Dartmouth found that patients who get procedures by low volume surgeons have a 24% increased likelihood for complications or mortality.

This means that selecting a high volume orthopedic surgeon not only ensures that they are skilled, but complications are less likely.

The Benefits of Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy differs from traditional open hip surgery due to its minimally invasive approach. With just a few small incisions, Dr. Vigdorchik inserts a scope and tools. By maneuvering the arthroscope, almost all hip conditions can be treated without needing open surgery. Because of this, patients can also expect minimal scarring from their procedure.

Hip arthroscopy procedures happen in an outpatient facility. This is because patients do not actually need a hospital stay after this procedure. Many patients report feeling an immediate improvement in their comfort following their surgery.

Unlike traditional open hip surgery, hip arthroscopy requires much less recovery time. This allows patients to actually begin walking shortly after surgery and remain mobile. Patients will go through physical and occupational therapy following their procedure. These sessions will aid with proper healing.

Within 3 months, many patients can resume running and complete physical activity without discomfort.

What Conditions are Treated with Hip Arthroscopy?

Dr. Vigdorchik will work with you one-on-one to diagnose the cause of your hip pain and discomfort. Surgery is not the first option in our office, so Dr. Vigdorchik will create a treatment plan aimed at helping you recover without surgery.

However, there are some cases where surgery will be ultimately necessary. Some conditions that require a hip arthroscopy are:

  • Treatment of labral tears
  • Hip impingement
  • Articular cartilage injuries
  • Removing loose bodies in the joint

The Importance of Finding the Right Surgeon For Your Hip Arthroscopy

If you have received a diagnosis that requires hip arthroscopy, or you are experiencing hip pain, finding the right orthopedic specialist is the most important factor in your recovery.

When patients need a second, or revision, hip surgery is not because of complications. Choosing the wrong doctor is often what causes a second surgery to become necessary.

Once you begin to experience hip pain or an injury, contact Dr. Vigdorchik for a consultation. The sooner a patient is seen for their hip pain or injury, the less likely it is that surgery is necessary. Dr. Vigdorchik will work with you to find a diagnosis and treatment option that will restore your mobility and comfort as safely as possible.

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