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Arthroscopic Approach to Hip Surgery

In late January, hip arthroscopy, a procedure that Dr. Phil Downer of Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle performs, was featured in a King 5 article.  Dr. Downer’s website, Seattlehipsurgery.com, which features useful information about hip disorders and treatments, was also featured as a source.

What is hip arthroscopy?

Hip arthroscopy is a common treatment for hip impingement and labral tears (often the result of impingement conditions).

In hip arthroscopy, the surgeon uses small instruments and a small incision to perform various interventions, which might include removing pieces of scar tissue, repairing cartilage or removing bone. Recovery can vary, but typically if bone work is performed, the recovery is 2-3 months. One should remain active during this time, mainly taking part in low impact activities such as swimming and biking.

We see a lot of patients at Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle with hip impingement and labral tears who benefit from arthroscopy.

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Open MRI available at Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle

Many of us tense up just thinking about getting an MRI. The traditional enclosed tunnel or tube-like MRI units cause anxiety and claustrophobia. But did you know that Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle offers open MRI?

Open-Air MRI

Our open-air MRI is completely open on all four sides so patients don’t feel confined. Open MRI is a great option for those with claustrophobia or fear of small spaces, or for large patients.

Our MRI contains a padded bed on which you will lie during the exam. An MRI technologist will be in continual voice and visual contact with you. Exams normally last 45 to 60 minutes.

OSS’ advanced system has a powerful magnet, so the pictures of the inner body are clear, have great detail and allow our physicians to diagnose orthopedic issues and medical conditions early and accurately.

In addition to the comfort and precision, our open MRI lets patients relax without loud noises, common with many other units. We’re pleased to be able to provide a convenient and comfortable option for our patients who require MRIs.

Our MRIs are read by Seattle Radiologists, one of the leading radiology groups in the Seattle area.

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