Hip arthroscopy

Keyhole surgery of the hip joint, Diagnostic arthroscopic hip surgery

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that’s used to look at, diagnose and treat a range of hip joint problems. Compared to open hip surgery, it usually results in less pain, shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times.


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What is it for?

Hip joint problems

Treatment overview

Hip arthroscopy is a procedure in which a miniature telescope (arthroscope) is inserted through a small cut over your hip joint.

A camera at the end of the arthroscope allows your surgeon to assess your hip joint and diagnose any problems.

If you need surgery to treat an area, miniature surgical instruments are used to perform the operation.

Compared to open hip surgery, a hip arthroscopy typically leads to less hip pain, shorter healing times and a lower risk of infection.

At The London Clinic, your hip arthroscopy will be overseen by surgeons who are highly skilled in this type of minimally invasive procedure.

Contact us today to find out if hip arthroscopy is right for you and start your five-star treatment journey with The London Clinic.

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Hospital-only price

from £5,065

Consultant and anaesthetist price (includes one follow-up)*

from £1,280

Treatment price

from £6,345

* Contact us or the consultant to understand their full fee. Prices may vary depending on personal circumstances. Consultants with a yellow tag offer the price shown above.
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Why choose The London Clinic

Excellence in one place

We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.

Personal care, every time

Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.

Effortlessly simple

We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

What's included in your package?

Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.


Your treatment package will include:

  • Enhanced pre-admission assessment
  • Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
  • Personalised aftercare and follow-up

We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.

How to pay

  • You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
  • You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
  • If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis


We aim to get you treated without delay and back to your normal life as quickly as possible. Typically, this involves the following steps:

Book an appointment

Our dedicated appointments team will arrange for you to meet with one of our renowned consultants.

Diagnosis and treatment plan

At your appointment, your consultant will review your medical history, current health and discuss your treatment options.

Pre-operative assessment

You’ll have an enhanced pre-operative assessment appointment to review your general health. This will check you're ready for hip surgery.

The day of your surgery

Your care team will welcome you, talk you through the day ahead and get you ready for your surgery. 

Afterwards, your surgeon will find out how you’re feeling, tell you how your treatment went and discuss your recovery plan.


You'll stay at The London Clinic until you've recovered well from your surgery and general anaesthetic. 

We’ll also give you advice about pain relief, dressing changes and possible side effects.


You'll have follow-up appointments with your consultant to check everything is going as expected and you're recovering well. 


Hip arthroscopy is usually a one day procedure. This means you should be able to return home the same day of your operation.

First, you’ll be given a general anaesthetic to send you to sleep. Your surgeon will then make one or two small cuts over your hip joint.

They’ll then pass a special, pencil-thin metal tube (arthroscope) through the cut. It features a light and digital camera.

The camera sends images from inside your hip joint to a computer screen. 

Your surgeon looks at these images to diagnose any problems and decide what type of surgery you may need.  

If they decide you do need surgery, they’ll insert tiny surgical tools through other small cuts around your hip to perform the surgery you need.

After your arthroscopy surgery is completed, your wounds are closed up with stitches (sutures) or special tape. 

Overall, your hip arthroscopy surgery should take about one hour, but this will depend on how complex your operation is.

Compared to open hip surgery, the benefits of hip arthroscopy surgery are:

  • Very little trauma to your hip joint, reducing pain and scarring
  • It’s done as a day patient procedure, which means you can return home the same day
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Monitoring and treating your hip with arthroscopy may delay hip arthritis progressing
  • Using arthroscopy to prevent the development of conditions that cause osteoarthritis may delay the need for a hip replacement 

Your recovery time from arthroscopic surgery will depend on how complex your operation is, your age and your overall health before surgery.

Generally, you’ll need to use crutches for two to four weeks following your operation. 

If you have a job that’s not particularly active, such as a desk job in an office, you should be able to return to work one to two weeks after your operation.

But if you have a physically demanding job, you may need to wait up to six months before returning to work.

Overall, you’ll probably experience discomfort from your hip for two to four months. 

It may take six to nine months before your hip completely recovers.

At The London Clinic, we can help you make a successful and speedy recovery, and make your return to full health an enjoyable experience.

We have a specialist team of rehabilitation professionals who can develop personalised physiotherapy programmes around your needs and abilities.

You’ll also have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

This includes our anti-gravity treadmill for low-impact movement and purpose-built hydrotherapy pool.

Our world-leading surgeons and nurse specialists will work closely together to reduce side effects of treatment and support your safe recovery. 

However, there are risks with any procedure, including hip arthroscopy. 

Rarely, problems caused by a hip arthroscopy include:

  • A blood clot, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) 
  • Bleeding inside the joint causing pain and swelling
  • Infection in the hip joint, also called septic arthritis
  • Accidental nerve damage that may lead to numbness or loss of sensation near the joint
  • An allergic reaction to the anaesthetic used  

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