Missoula Bone & Joint is proud to welcome Dr. Michael Wright to our team. Dr. Wright is a fellowship trained sports medicine specialist with an interest and expertise in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, hip, and knee, total joint replacement surgery, and general orthopedics. The addition of Dr. Wright to our Missoula Bone & Joint practice will allow us to offer minimally invasive hip arthroscopy (hip scopes) in our community.
Hip arthroscopy offers a minimally invasive approach to treating disorders in and around the hip. Historically, large open surgical approaches were required to access the hip, which lies deep within the body. Hip arthroscopy utilizes a series of small incisions made around the hip with specialized cameras and instrumentation (similar to knee and shoulder arthroscopy) to access and treat many sources of hip pain. Because the surgery is minimally invasive, the recovery is typically easier and quicker than with open hip surgery. Patients usually go home from surgery the same day and are off crutches in about 2 or 3 weeks.
Hip arthroscopy is best for patients with hip pain, who are too young for joint replacement surgery and do not have preexisting arthritis. The most common procedures performed with hip arthroscopy are repair of labral tears, trimming of impingement causing bone spurs, treating painful hip snapping, repair or trimming of damaged cartilage and removal of loose bodies. As medical technology continues to improve, the indications for hip arthroscopy and the conditions which can be effectively treated are expanding.
Dr. Wright will start seeing patients at Missoula Bone & Joint September 15th and is now accepting appointments. To schedule your appointment please call MBJ Clinic at (406) 721-4436.