Arthroscopic synovectomy of the hip in cases of inflammatory arthritis has been suggested to improve pain and function . In the cited series, three patients who had inflammatory arthritis underwent arthroscopic synovectomy for hip pain and dysfunction that was recalcitrant to medical therapy, and all three patients demonstrated improvement.
Arthroscopic irrigation and debridement of septic arthritis of the hip in children has been reported [17-19]. The authors' preference is for open arthro-tomy through a limited anterior approach to the hip, because this allows for capsulectomy, drilling of the femoral neck to rule out associated osteomyelitis, thorough debridement of infected tissue, and placement of a drain.
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