Arthroscopic Labral Repair with Osteoplasty of Femoral Neck and Acetabulum
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used in the treatment of sports medicine injuries. It involves the use of a fiber-optic camera, which we place into a joint through a small incision in order to visualize ligaments, cartilage, and soft tissue. Through another small incision, we can then use small instruments to remove or repair broken or damaged tissue.
Hip arthroscopy with labral repair is performed on patients who have torn their labrum as a result of impingement syndrome in the hip (also known as femoroacetabular impingement, or FAI), or as a result of trauma where there is an impact on the hip joint (for example, from a car accident). Using small instruments, the torn part of the labrum can be repaired and reattached to the rim of the acetabulum, thus recreating the suction seal of the hip joint.
If the labral tear is a result of FAI, then an osteoplasty of the femoral neck, acetabular rim, or both may be necessary. An osteoplasty is the surgical alteration or reshaping of bone. This is performed to ensure that the repaired labrum is protected and tearing of the labrum does not recur.