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Hip Arthroscopy and FAI

This patient is a 20 year-old male with bilateral hip femoroacteabular impingement. These x-rays are before and after his left hip arthroscopy, labral repair and femoral osteoplasty. Note the convex deformity on the top of his femoral head (yellow) before surgery and the restoration of the normal, concave, head and neck offset after surgery. By removing this deformity he no longer impinges between the femoral head and acetabulum.

Before Labral Repair

After Labral Refixation

  • CAM lesion

    CAM lesion

  • After Femoral Osteoplasty

    After Femoral Osteoplasty

Normal Anatomy of the Hip Joint

How does the hip joint work?
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Hip Arthroscopy

Diagnosing joint injuries and disease begins with a thorough medical history, physical examination, and usually X-rays. Additional tests such as an MRI, or CT scan also may be needed. Through the arthroscope, a final diagnosis is made which may be more accurate than through "open" surgery or from X-ray studies.

Femoro Acetabular Impingement FAI

Femoroacetabular Impingement FAI is a condition resulting from abnormal pressure and friction between the ball and socket of the hip joint resulting in pain and progressive hip dysfunction. This when left untreated leads to the development of secondary osteoarthritis of the hip.

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