Hip Arthroscopy in the Sports Spotlight

Click here to read the full story by Thomas Harding on MLB.com.  Harding focuses on shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s hip arthroscopy, but we will focus on the surgery more generally.

Medical advancements are making the alternatives to invasive, open surgery much greater.  Because the surgeries are more precise, openings far smaller, and scarring reduced, recovery times are also minimized.  This is good for players since it gets them off the disabled list faster, and it is obviously preferable for teams investing millions of dollars in player salaries.

Troy Tulowitzki, who plays shortstop for the Colorado Rockies, tore his left quadriceps in 2008.  Compensating for this injury, along with a groin injury in 2011.  In Tulowitzki’s case, the surgeon will perform a hip arthroscopy, using a scope to remove bone spurs, scar tissue, and/or repair the hip labrum.

Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine has been leading the Cincinnati area in arthroscpoic procedures for years.  Dr. Steve Hamilton, a sports medicine expert and orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hip arthroscopy procedures commented,

“Hip and groin pain are common complaints of athletes.  Often times, this pain can be caused by a labral tear.  The labrum is a rim of tissue which provides support and stability to the hip joint.  Whena  larbal tear occurs in an athlete, they often complain of both pain and a loss of motion and strength.  According to the Rockies’ team physician, this is what is causing the hip pain in Troy Tulowitzki and landed him on the DL.”

Dr. Hamilton has been performing hip scope surgeries for years.  He received specialized training in hip arthroscopy at the Steadman Hawkins clinic. He treats many hip injuries with minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques, which decrease scarring, improve recovery times, and are less traumatic on the body than traditional operations.  At Beacon Orthopaedics, we have the capability to diagnose and treat hip pain in athletes and non-athletes alike.