Pre- and intraoperative decision-making challenges in hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement

Hannah Martin, Patrick G. Robinson, Julian Frederick Maempel, David Hamilton, Paul Gaston, Marc R. Safran, Iain R. Murray*

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There has been a marked increase in the number of hip arthroscopies performed over the past 16 years, primarily in the management of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). Insights into the pathoanatomy of FAI, and high-level evidence supporting the clinical effectiveness of arthroscopy in the management of FAI, have fuelled this trend. Arthroscopic management of labral tears with repair may have superior results compared with debridement, and there is now emerging evidence to support reconstructive options where repair is not possible. In situations where an interportal capsulotomy is performed to facilitate access, data now support closure of the capsule in selective cases where there is an increased risk of postoperative instability. Preoperative planning is an integral component of bony corrective surgery in FAI, and this has evolved to include computer-planned resection. However, the benefit of this remains controversial. Hip instability is now widely accepted, and diagnostic criteria and treatment are becoming increasingly refined. Instability can also be present with FAI or develop as a result of FAI treatment. In this annotation, we outline major current controversies relating to decision-making in hip arthroscopy for FAI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-540
Number of pages9
JournalThe bone & joint journal
Issue number5
Early online date1 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • hip
  • arthroscopy
  • techniques
  • planning
  • controversies
  • hip arthroscopies
  • femoroacetabular impingement
  • debridement
  • labral tears
  • capsulotomies
  • hip instability
  • arthroscopies
  • postoperative instability
  • pathoanatomy
  • hips

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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