Advanced Hip Arthroscopy
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Problem: Your patient has persistent groin pain, however, x-rays and MRI are negative.
Solution: Your patient is suffering from Femoral Acetabular Impingement, and/or an occult labral tear. Arthroscopic hip surgery can be used to correct the problem.
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.
Currently the condition is under appreciated and as a result seeing multiple physicians and rarely getting adequately diagnosed and treated often frustrates patients. Patients often present complaining of groin pain, which is exacerbated with flexion, adduction, and internal rotation of the hip. Treatment consists of partial resection of the femoral neck where it impinges on the acetabulum, and debridement or repair of the labrum. Dr. Scott Barbour has treated over 50 patients with this condition, and has well over 95% good or excellent results. Dr. Barbour has trained with Dr. Marc Philipon, a recognized pioneer in hip arthroscopy. Dr. Barbour can be reached at (404) 775-1191.
Anamolies or pathologies that can be corrected by Hip
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