DISC Sports & Spine Center Releases Five Reasons Young Patients Should Choose Hip Arthroscopy over Classic Open Surgical Hip Dislocation

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List of Hip Arthroscopy Advantages Compiled by Dr. Dean K. Matsuda Based on Research, Case Studies and Personal Experience

Dean K. Matsuda, MD: Director, Hip Arthroscopy at DISC

Hip arthroscopy, at one time viewed as a procedure in need of an indication, has evolved, in great part because of the unique technical challenges presented in the surgical management of FAI.

DISC Sports & Spine Center (DISC) has released a list of five reasons young patients—especially athletes—should consider hip arthroscopy over classic open surgical hip dislocation. Prepared by world renowned hip expert and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dean K. Matsuda, this list is the result of extensive research, case studies and personal experience. Dr. Matsuda is chairman of the Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy program committee for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and his findings have been published in numerous trades and scholarly journals. Over the past 26 years, he has performed numerous sports medicine surgeries on various joints, but patient demand and professional interest have transformed his practice into one of the very few fully dedicated hip arthroscopy centers. He is also a former athlete who has been on both sides of the scalpel, having had the procedure on his own hips.

According to Dr. Matsuda, more than 90% of his surgical patients suffer from femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), a common condition causing nonarthritic hip pain often in young athletes. Repetitive abnormal collision of bone deformities can cause internal damage to the hip cartilage and labrum and may ultimately cause hip arthritis. Via arthroscopic repair or even reconstruction of labral tears, plus eradication of the causative bony deformities, the outcomes from arthroscopic surgery for FAI are as good or better than those from the open surgical approach and with less complications. Beyond pain relief and return to sports, Dr. Matsuda’s surgical goals include hip preservation with avoidance of joint replacement surgery.

“Because FAI often occurs in young athletes, arthroscopy is a wonderful match. These patients want to get back in the game and expect minimally invasive surgery to be an option,” said Dr. Matsuda in an article he published for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. “Hip arthroscopy, at one time viewed as a procedure in need of an indication, has evolved, in great part because of the unique technical challenges presented in the surgical management of FAI.”

Compared with the classic open surgical hip dislocation procedure with greater trochanteric slide or flip osteotomy, the arthroscopic equivalent offers the following advantages:

1.    True Outpatient Surgery – Hip arthroscopy can be performed as a true outpatient surgery with discharge home within two hours of surgery.

2.    Minimal Blood Loss – Hip arthroscopies typically have blood loss of less than 20 cubic centimeters.

3.    No Trochanteric Osteotomy-Related Complications –-In contrast to open surgery, an osteotomy (bone cut) is not needed to perform hip arthroscopy, thereby eliminating the risk of bone displacement, hardware failure or painful trochanteric bursitis.

4.    Outstanding Cosmesis – This surgery can be performed with just two tiny incisions, which means very minimal scarring.

5.    Quicker Rehabilitation – Patients may begin exercise bicycling 24 hours after surgery and can be running again in 12 weeks. The majority of patients report significant improvement in pain, mechanical symptoms and range of motion.

Before considering any surgery, Dr. Matsuda encourages patients and their parents to arm themselves with information and not hesitate to obtain a second opinion.

About DISC Sports & Spine Center
DISC Sports & Spine Center (DISC) is California’s premier medical group providing the full scope of spinal care, orthopedics, pain management and conservative treatments. DISC has set a new standard for high-acuity, minimally invasive spine surgery and arthroscopy in an outpatient setting, both safely and on a more cost-effective basis. In partnership with Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA), one of the nation’s leading surgical care companies, DISC operates state-of-the-art outpatient surgery centers in Marina Del Rey and Newport Beach. Both centers are accredited by the AAAHC, have a zero MRSA infection rate and are conveniently located next to major freeways and airports. DISC, which accepts most major insurance plans, is also the official medical services provider for Red Bull and a proud partner of the LA Kings. For more information, contact 866-481-DISC, or visit http://discmdgroup.com.

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