About 20-25 % of patients( 1 out of every 4 or 5 patients) seem to experience some transient numbness in the genital / perineal area after hip arthroscopy. Patients are sometimes not even aware of this but if they are aware of it, it can be surprising or worrisome.
We have seen this many times and educate patients before hand about the possibility of having some limited decrease in sensation around the genitals after surgery. This numbness may last for a few minutes, hours, or days. It rarely lasts more than a few days but there are a
few cases that have lasted a few weeks. We are not aware of any instances in which it did not resolve fully.
Females seem to be more affected than males. It is very important for all patients, that they are well padded during surgery,
to protect the genital region, both for privacy and safety. If you have any issues that you think need special consideration in that area: numbness when on a bike seat, erectile dysfunction, impotence, menstruation, etc, be sure to let your doctor know before your procedure.