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Dr. CW Ackermann
Orthopaedic Surgeon 

Hip Specialist Cape town
Dr Ackermann is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and specialist. He is the Best Hip and Knee Surgeon in Cape town, South Africa. His place of work and practice is at blaauwberg hospital in Cape town, Western Cape. Hip Procedures
Arthroscopic Hip Surgery

Arthroscopic Hip Surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that enables doctors to examine and treat hip joint issues without large incisions. It's effective for diagnosing and addressing various hip problems with less tissue disruption.

Indications and Benefits

  • If hip pain is getting in the way of your daily routine, we're here to help.

  • We understand the discomfort and limitations it brings to your activities.

  • Our approach aims to lessen your need for pain medication and boost your overall well-being.

  • By addressing your hip pain, we aim to improve your health and activity levels for a better quality of life.

Consultation Process

Dr. CW Ackermann's consultation process is specialised and thorough, ensuring your comfort and understanding every step of the way.

The welcoming atmosphere invites you to discuss your daily mobility and any concerns, with detailed explanations provided by Dr. CW Ackermann. You will change into comfortable attire for a series of gentle exercises, including examining the way you walk, allowing Dr. CW Ackermann to assess your strength and mobility.

Afterward, you'll receive insight into whether further external examinations are necessary. Dr. CW Ackermann’s admin team efficiently handles medical aid plans and reminds you of external follow-up appointments.

In the second consultation, Dr. CW Ackermann explains your diagnosis comprehensively, offers medication if needed, and discusses potential procedures or management solutions.

Procedure Process

Arthroscopic Hip Surgery is a minimally invasive procedure designed to diagnose and treat various hip joint issues. Here's how the process typically unfolds:

  1. Preparation: Before the surgery, you'll receive instructions on how to prepare, including fasting guidelines and medication instructions. You may also undergo pre-operative tests to ensure you're fit for the procedure.

  2. Anaesthesia: You'll be administered anaesthesia, typically either general anaesthesia to put you to sleep or regional anaesthesia to numb the lower half of your body. The choice of anaesthesia will depend on your medical history and the specific requirements of your surgery.

  3. Incision: Instead of a large incision, several small incisions, called portals, are made around the hip joint. These portals are where the arthroscope and surgical instruments will be inserted.

  4. Arthroscopic Examination: An arthroscope, a small camera attached to a thin, flexible tube, is inserted through one of the portals. This allows the surgeon to visualise the inside of the hip joint on a monitor in the operating room.

  5. Treatment: Once the inside of the hip joint is visualised, the surgeon can identify any issues, such as torn cartilage, labral tears, or bone spurs. Specialised instruments are then inserted through the other portals to address these issues. This may involve removing damaged tissue, repairing tears, or reshaping bone structures.

  6. Closure: After the procedure is completed, the portals are closed with sutures or steri-strips, and a sterile dressing is applied to the incision sites.

Following the surgery, you'll be monitored closely in the recovery room before being transferred to a hospital ward. Depending on the extent of the procedure, you may be able to go home the same day or stay overnight for observation. Physical therapy and rehabilitation will be initiated to help you regain strength and mobility in your hip joint. With proper care and adherence to post-operative instructions, you can expect a successful recovery and improved hip function.


  • Our team is experienced in helping you manage any pain and focuses on getting you moving comfortably in the short term.

  • In the long run, you can expect improved mobility and less need for pain medication, which can enhance your overall quality of life.

Expected Outcome, Risks and Complications, Alternatives, and Patient Eligibility

  • Our goal is to provide short-term relief and long-term improvement in your ability to move comfortably.

  • Our team will explore other options, like treatments that preserve your joints and physiotherapy, to find what works best for you.

  • Your eligibility for treatment is carefully assessed to ensure it's the right choice for your needs.

  • CW Ackermann keeps up to date with the latest advancements to ensure you receive the best possible care.

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