Loose Bodies are the small pieces of bones or cartilage that break off after a trauma or injury to the hip joint. These loose bodies can also be caused from the degeneration of the hip joint due to the different types of arthritis. These loose bodies will either be stationary or move around the joint, causing pain or loss of motion of the hip.
The patient will develop symptoms that include pain, loss of motion and can also hear a clicking sound during the movement of the hip.
The doctors will recommend surgery if the non-surgical treatment options do not provide relief to the symptoms. The doctors will recommend surgery also if the joint is locked preventing a specific movement due to the presence of these loose bodies.
The doctors usually recommend Hip Arthroscopy to remove the loose bodies.
This is a minimally invasive technique that has enabled the treatment of painful hip conditions with a faster recovery period and lesser pain.
This procedure is performed by first creating tiny incisions. A small camera also called Arthroscope is inserted into one of the incisions to get a good view of the damaged area. Flexible and thin instruments are then inserted through these incisions and guided to the damaged area using the arthroscope. The doctor will then remove the loose bodies surrounding the hip joint.