The most common procedures in the series included partial acetabular labrectomy, labral repair.
Despite being referred late for treatment of hip pain, many elite athletes treated at Wellington Hospital in London successfully underwent safe, effective hip arthroscopic procedures for a variety of hip pathologies.
Patients often returned to the same level of sport within about 4 postoperative months, investigators said.
“Chondral flaps and ligamentum teres tears are underdiagnosed heavily,” said Vikas Khanduja, MRCS(G)-MSc, FRCS (Orth).
…Same-day surgery Hip arthroscopy can be performed with patients in the supine or lateral position. Khanduja and Richard N. Villar, MS, FRCS, operated with their patients positioned laterally. The surgery, which can take up to 2 to 3 hours, required an image intensifier. The investigators used the McCarthy distractor and 70° arthroscopes in all cases.All patients were discharged on the same day and underwent about 6 to 8 weeks of supervised rehabilitation, Khanduja said.The patients’ average age was 38 years (range, 18 to 58 years); 65% were professional football players. The rest of the athletes were primarily cricket or tennis players.