Do the outcomes of hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement change over time?

Patrick G. Robinson*, Helen Lu, Tom Williamson, Julian F. Maempel, Iain Murray, Deborah J. MacDonald, David F. Hamilton, Paul Gaston

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Background: The purpose of this study was to search for changes in functional outcomes of patients undergoing hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) between short and medium-term follow-up. Secondary aims included reporting rates of revision surgery and total hip arthroplasty (THA) at medium-term follow-up. Hypothesis: We hypothesised that patients’ functional outcomes would improve between short and medium-term follow-up. Patients and Methods: Consecutive patients undergoing hiparthroscopy with a diagnosis of femoroacetabular impingement with labral tears between February 2013 and June 2015 were included. Twelve item international hip outcome tool (iHOT-12) and EuroQol 5D-5L (EQ-5D) scores were collected preoperatively, at short-term and medium-term follow-up. Short-term scores were recorded at a minimum of one year postoperatively and medium-term scores at a minimum of five years postoperatively. Survivorship was assessed with Kaplan-Meier analysis. Results: Short-term outcome data (at median follow-up 1.6 year, Interquartile range [IQR] 1–2.5) was available for 70 of 87 patients (80.5%) and medium-term outcome data (at median follow-up of 6.5 years, IQR 6–7.1) was available for 68 patients (78.2%). Median age at the time of surgery was 31 years (IQR 25–37). The median iHOT-12 scores at short and medium-term follow-up were 72 (IQR 48.75–91.25) and 85.8 (IQR 66.7–96.7) respectively (p < 0.001). Medium-term survivorship was 91.2%. Survivorship following labral repair was 94.2%, and 81.3% following labral debridement (p = 0.09). Discussion: Patients undergoing hip arthroscopy for FAI reported continued improvement in iHOT-12 scores between short and medium-term follow-up. Medium-term survivorship following FAI surgery may be greater when the labrum is repaired, although comparisons are limited by their differing indications. Conversion to THA was low with just 4 patients (4.6%) undergoing or being listed for THA at final follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103157
Number of pages6
JournalOrthopaedics and Traumatology: Surgery and Research
Issue number4
Early online date29 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • femoroacetabular
  • impingement
  • arthroscopy
  • hip
  • survivorship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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