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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Hip arthroscopy is a procedure to examine or treat your damaged or diseased hip joint.
- NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions. Do not give these medicines to children under 6 months of age without direction from your child's healthcare provider.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Care for your wound as directed. You may need to carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.
- You may need to use crutches or a walker to avoid putting pressure on your hip when you walk. Ask your healthcare provider how long you need to use crutches or a walker.
- Ask your healthcare provider when you will be able to return to your normal daily activities.
You may need physical therapy after your procedure. A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.
Contact your surgeon or healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have numbness in your hip or leg that does not go away when your healthcare provider says it should.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
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