Arthroscopic hip surgery may fully restore function in athletes: Study

July 20th, 2010 - 3:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, July 20 (ANI): Scientists claim that the minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery could help athletes with hip problems recover fully and resume their sport back at their pre-injury level of competition.

Hip arthroscopy is a less invasive outpatient procedure compared to traditional open hip surgery.

The researchers at Rush found that 78 percent of athletes suffering from hip labral tear caused by internal ball and socket joint damage to the hip were able to return to their sport within an average of a little more than nine months following the surgery.

“Arthroscopic hip surgery is an outpatient procedure that can decrease soft tissue trauma and decrease blood loss, leading to a faster recovery period compared to a more invasive open surgery,” said study lead investigator Dr. Shane J. Nho, who is a sports medicine and hip arthroscopy expert at Rush University Medical Center.

“Some people may be genetically inclined to develop FAI, but many athletes experience early on-set of symptoms of FAI because of their athletic activities require a high degree of motion and force through the joint,” said Nho.

“Symptoms of FAI symptoms include pain, limited range of motion, and for athletes, loss of the ability to compete at their top level,” Nho added. (ANI)

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