Hip arthroscopy is a relatively new surgical technique that can be effectively employed to treat a variety of hip conditions. Hip arthroscopy has been relatively slow to develop. It was initially believed to be difficult to perform any meaningful surgery based on the constrained anatomy of the joint. Recent developments of new surgical techniques have made arthroscopic hip surgery easier to perform and thus more effective.
It is well known that hip arthroscopy can be employed to remove loose bodies, debride loose cartilage, and treat synovitis. Less understood is a condition known as Femoral Acetabular Impingement. This condition occurs when the anterior aspect of the femoral head pinches the acetabular labrum against the acetabulum when the hip is brought into flexion and adduction. Over time this condition leads initially to groin pain, to frank labral tearing, and eventually hip arthritis.
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