Nice Results Possible With Hip Scopes, But Read the Fine Print

"Hip arthroscopy" isn't an operation, it's a tool.

Smart Practice — To achieve the low rates of reoperation found in this study, carefully follow the indications studied: No hip scopes for OA, and no labral debridements.

What’s the Claim?

Patients having first-time hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement and/or labral tear treated with femoroplasty, acetabuloplasty, and/or labral repair had a low risk of reoperation within five years (5%, with 0.5% undergoing conversion to THA) and a low risk of adverse events within 90 days (1.3%) in a large-database study. Females, patients under the age of 20, and those with a BMI over 30 had higher five-year odds of reoperation (with odds ratios in the ballpark of 1.3 to 1.5 for those groups).  More than 80% of the reoperations occurred within the first two years.

How’s It Stack Up?