Hip FAI occurs when there is an irregular shape of the hip bones, leading to friction and cartilage damage in the hip joint. This can result in pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. Over time, if left untreated, it can lead to osteoarthritis.
When conservative treatments such as physical therapy, pain management, and lifestyle adjustments fail to provide relief, surgery may be recommended. Two common surgical procedures for addressing hip FAI are:
Arthroscopy: Arthroscopic hip surgery is a minimally invasive procedure in which small incisions are made around the hip joint. A tiny camera (arthroscope) and specialized instruments are used to reshape the hip joint, removing any bone spurs or damaged tissue. This approach minimizes scarring and often results in a shorter recovery period.
Open Surgery: In some cases, particularly when the hip joint damage is extensive, open hip surgery may be necessary. The surgeon makes a larger incision to access the hip joint and make the necessary corrections.
Recovery after hip FAI surgery varies depending on the surgical technique used and individual patient factors. However, there are some common aspects of the recovery process, including:
Immobilization: After surgery, patients may require a period of limited weight-bearing or immobilization, typically with the aid of crutches or a walker.
Physical Therapy: Physical therapy plays a vital role in rehabilitation, helping patients regain strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the hip.
Gradual Return to Activity: Patients should expect a gradual return to normal activities and exercise routines, following the guidance of their healthcare provider to avoid re-injury.
Hip FAI surgery is a viable option for individuals suffering from the discomfort and limitations caused by this condition. While the thought of surgery may seem intimidating, it can bring relief and improved mobility. If you suspect hip FAI, consult with a healthcare professional who can evaluate your condition and recommend the most suitable treatment approach to help you regain your active and pain-free lifestyle.
Dr. Weber and his team treat over 300 Los Angeles athletes and weekend warriors with hip labral tears, hip impingement and hip FAI each year. We provide personalized treatment for all hip injuries from professional athletes to high school recreational players to weekend skiers. If you are a patient with a hip injury in Los Angeles, please reach out. We can see you within 24 hours.