Done on an outpatient basis, but may not be covered yet by some insurance companies...good new though if this can have the ability to either post pone a hip replacement or eliminate it all together. BD
The Cardinal Orthopaedic Institutes' Kenneth J. Westerheide, MD is one of the only Ohio surgeons trained to perform a new outpatient procedure called hip arthroscopy. For those suffering from serious hip pain, this procedure may postpone the need for hip replacement surgery or eliminate it altogether. Dr. Westerheide recently performed arthroscopy on both hips of Ohio kindergarten teacher Helen Raines.
The doctor was out-of-network and her insurance refused to cover the procedure. It was through her appeals process with the insurance company that she found Dr. Westerheide - 18 months after the onset of her pain.
"This procedure is common among active individuals in their 30's and 40's, although I've treated athletes as young as 19," said Dr. Westerheide. "Patients generally experience quicker recovery time and the degree of risk is less than that associated with a hip dislocation procedure, where a large incision can compromise blood flow."