Hip Arthroscopy for Labral Tear
What is hip arthroscopy for labral tear?
Hip arthroscopy for labral tear is surgery to repair an injury to the labrum, the cuff of cartilage that surrounds the acetabulum (hip socket).
In this minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon makes several small incisions around the hip joint and inserts a narrow fiber optic scope (called an arthroscope) to examine the condition of the labrum. Tiny instruments are used to remove the frayed edges or repair torn tissue by sewing it back together.
Arthroscopic repair of labral injuries allows surgeons a full view of the hip without having to cut through nerves or muscles. Patients experience less pain and blood loss, fewer complications and a faster recovery. The result is a more balanced, stable repair that helps restore full function.
When is surgery recommended?
Not all hip labral tears require surgery. Treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms. Some tears respond well to conservative measures including rest, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy or cortisone injections. If these non-operative options fail to alleviate pain and inflammation, arthroscopic surgery to remove or repair the torn labrum may be necessary.
What is the recovery time?
Because hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure, the typical recovery period is weeks rather than months. Rehabilitation begins immediately after surgery and includes special exercises to restore range of motion, strength and flexibility in the hip. Most patients return to normal activities within a few weeks. For athletes, full return to sports may take four to six months.