As a physician trained in the principles of sports medicine, Dr. Nordt treats all patients with the goal of aggressive recovery and full return to all physical activities. He strives to manage his patients non-operatively whenever possible. Rehabilitation is often the mainstay of a conservative treatment program. Medication and injections to reduce inflammation are useful in this endeavor.
If thorough, non-operative management is unsuccessful, hip surgery may be indicated. If surgery is recommended, a minimally-invasive procedure called hip arthroscopy is the preferred choice. In general, hip arthroscopy has less associated pain and recovery time than traditional open surgery. As a leading Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Nordt is an expert at performing Hip Arthroscopy in Richmond, Virginia.
Hip arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that uses an arthroscope, or small camera, to look into the hip joint. The camera displays magnified images on a computer screen and from these pictures Dr. Nordt is able to guide small surgical instruments within the hip joint. Both the arthroscope and surgical instruments are thin and delicate.
The result is small incisions with minimal tissue trauma, as opposed to traditional open surgical techniques. This leads to many advantages, including a faster recovery time, less time spent in the hospital post-surgery and minimal scarring and tissue damage, compared to traditional surgical techniques.
After the procedure, you will stay in the recovery room for a few hours before being discharged home. You will likely be experiencing some pain and discomfort after the surgery. While this is a natural part of the healing process, Dr. Nordt and his team will do everything in their power to reduce your pain and discomfort as you recover.
You can expect to be on crutches or a walker for a period of time, which can only be determined on a case-by-case basis. Dr. Nordt will discuss this timeline with you in detail after your procedure. In many cases, physical therapy will be prescribed to aid in your recovery.
For more information, see what the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons has to say on the subject of hip arthroscopy.