Hip Arthroscopy

Kansas City's Most Experienced

Dr. Cody Harlan is Kansas City's most experienced arthroscopic hip surgeon having performed more than 2000 advanced arthroscopic procedures of the hip including the surgical correction of impingent (cam and pincer impingement correction), labral repair, labral reconstruction, and capsule repair as well as endoscopic trochanteric bursectomy and abductor repair (gluteus medius and minimus repair).

Hip impingement was first described in 2003.  This was not that long ago!  Since this first paper was written our recognition of and ability to treat athletic hip conditions has exploded.  Hip arthroscopy is probably the most challenging sports medicine condition to treat.  Recognition and diagnosis of the problem eludes many practitioners, including orthopedic surgeons themselves. Imaging can be misleading, and the technical demands of the actual procedure itself make hip arthroscopy the most difficult arthroscopic surgery to perform.  

Your choice of surgeon is important.  Experience is critical.  Dr. Harlan has successfully returned all levels of athlete back to their chosen activity.  From professional soccer and Collegiate Division 1 football/soccer/basketball/track/golf/baseball/cheer, to high school athletes, dancers, and the weekend warrior.  Dr. Harlan is the most experienced hip arthroscopist in Kansas City.

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Conditions about the hip joint can be elusive to correctly diagnose and treat.  If you have unexplained hip, buttock, groin, thigh, or knee pain unresponsive to typical treatment, or have had previous hip arthroscopic surgery and are still having symptoms Dr. Harlan might be able to help.  If you are in your 20's-40's and have been told you have mild hip arthritis Dr. Harlan might be able to help.

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Hip impingement

3 dimensional illustration of cam impingement

Pincer impingement

3 dimensional illustration of pincer impingement

Outside of Kansas City?


It is common for patients to travel from a distance to see Dr. Harlan.  The office is minutes from Kansas City International Airport and thus a short UBER ride away.  There are several hotels close by as well, our staff would be happy to help with the all of the details of your visit.  Depending on where your surgery is scheduled our staff will also recommend convenient lodging for your stay in Kansas City.  Dr. Harlan recommends arrival the day before surgery.  If you are within driving distance Dr. Harlan typically recommends that you drive home the day of surgery with a single (most cases) follow up visit one month from surgery.  If you are flying he typically will see you the following day in clinic and most of the time follow up can be done remotely with a need to return to Kansas City not typically necessary.

Post-Op instructions


Click the tab to view the typical post-op instructions after hip arthroscopy.  

Post-op instructions

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Hip conditions that are treatable are often under-recognized and can cause a patient to have to eventually stop or significantly modify what they love to do.  Dr. Harlan has treated many patients that were told there was nothing wrong with them or there was nothing to do or even had unnecessary surgery and their hip condition was missed completely.  Most hip conditions are active, younger person problems.  If you have hip girdle or surrounding pain that has gone unsolved or is not responding to treatment contact us.  

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World Renowned Experience

Dr. Harlan has worked with and received training from multiple world renowned arthroscopic hip surgeons, including Dr. JW Thomas Byrd of the Nashville Hip Institute in Nashville, Tennessee.