Symposium: Femoroacetabular Impingement: Current Status of Diagnosis and Treatment

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research

, Volume 467, Issue 3, pp 747-752

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Femoroacetabular Impingement Treatment Using Arthroscopy and Anterior Approach

  • Frédéric LaudeAffiliated withCMC Paris V Email author 
  • , Elhadi SarialiAffiliated withHôpital la Pitié Salptrière
  • , Alexis NogierAffiliated withInstitut Nollet

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Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) has been identified as a common cause of hip pain in young adults. However, treatment is not well standardized. We retrospectively reviewed 97 patients (100 hips) who underwent osteochondroplasty of the femoral head-neck for FAI using a mini-open anterior Hueter approach with arthroscopic assistance. The mean age of the patients was 33.4 years. The labrum was refixed in 40 hips, partially excised in 39 cases, completely excised in 14 cases, and left intact in seven. Six patients were lost to followup, leaving 91 (94 hips) with a minimum followup of 28.6 months (mean, 58.3 months; range, 28.6–104.4 months). We assessed patients clinically using the nonarthritic hip score (NAHS). One patient had a femoral neck fracture 3 weeks postoperatively. At the last followup, the mean NAHS score increased by 29.1 points (54.8 ± 12 preoperatively to 83.9 ± 16 points at last followup). Eleven hips developed osteoarthritis and subsequently had total hip arthroplasty. The best results were obtained in patients younger than 40 years old with a 0 Tönnis grade. Refixation of the labrum did not correlate with a higher NAHS score (87 ± 11 with refixation versus 82 ± 19 points without) at the last followup. The technique for FAI treatment allowed direct visualization of the anterior femoral head-neck junction while avoiding surgical dislocation, had a low complication rate, and improved functional scores.

Level of Evidence: Level II, therapeutic study. See the Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.