Acetabular (Hip) Labral Tears
- Hip pain and “catching”
- Hip joint laxity (looseness)
What is an Acetabular (Hip) Labral Tear?
An Acetabular (Hip) Labral Tear involves injury to the elastic soft tissue surrounding the ball and socket joint that holds the top of your thighbone in place. Labral tears often occur in athletes that change directions quickly and forcibly and also in people with structural abnormalities (such as arthritis or hip dysplasia) affecting how forces are transmitted into their hip joints. A hip dislocation often results in damage to the acetabular labrum. Labral tears can happen abruptly or over time due to wear and tear.
Avoiding aggravating activities that cause pain, taking anti-inflammatories, and/or receiving corticosteroid injection(s) may treat mild cases of acetabular (hip) labral tears. While non-surgical treatment can relieve mild cases of the condition, surgery may be necessary if it continues to worsen.
Hip Arthroscopy (Minimally Invasive)
Our sports medicine and orthopaedic surgeons perform minimally invasive arthroscopic labral repair or debridement, which uses very small incisions. Through the incisions, the arthroscope (small video camera) sends enlarged live video footage of the damaged tissue to a monitor for the surgeon to use as a guide while treating the labral tear. The areas of damage are either fixed using suture repair or removed using debridement to restore function and relieve pain in the hip. This technique results in smaller incisions, less scarring, less pain, and faster recovery than open surgical procedures.