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Arthroscopy. 2000 Sep;16(6):578-87.

Prospective analysis of hip arthroscopy with 2-year follow-up.

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Southern Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, and the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.



Numerous indications, but little outcome data, have been reported for hip arthroscopy. The purpose of this prospective study is to report the 2-year results of hip arthroscopy performed on a consecutive series of patients for a variety of disorders.


Case series.


There were 38 procedures performed on 35 patients who have achieved 2-year follow-up. All patients were assessed with a modified Harris hip score (pain and function) preoperatively and postoperatively at 1, 3, 6, 12, and 24 months or until a subsequent procedure was performed. Variables studied included age, sex, diagnosis, duration of symptoms, onset of symptoms, center-edge angle, Workers' Compensation, and pending litigation.


Follow-up was obtained on all patients. The median score improved from 57 to 85 points. This included 10 cases (9 patients) who underwent a subsequent procedure at an average of 10 months (6 total hip arthroplasty, 1 core decompression, 3 second arthroscopy) with an index score of 54 compared with 52 at the time of the second procedure. The median improvement for the following diagnoses was: loose body (34), labral lesion (27), synovitis (26), chondral injury (18), arthritis (14), and avascular necrosis (-11). Of the variables studied, the most statistically significant finding was that older men with longer duration of symptoms did worse. Two complications occurred in 1 patient: partial neuropraxia of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve and focal myositis ossificans along the anterior portal tract.


Hip arthroscopy can be performed for a variety of conditions (except end-stage avascular necrosis) with reasonable expectations of success and an acceptable complication rate. This is the first report to quantitate the results of hip arthroscopy for a heterogeneous population.

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