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Arthrosc Tech. 2012 Nov 2;1(2):e213-7. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2012.08.002. Print 2012 Dec.

The use of double-loaded suture anchors for labral repair and capsular repair during hip arthroscopy.

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Healthy Hip Clinic, Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.


With the development of hip joint preservation procedures, the use of hip arthroscopy has grown dramatically over the past decade. However, recent articles have reported cases of hip instability after hip arthroscopy. Little is known about the role of static and dynamic stabilizers on hip joint stability, but there are concerns that an extensile capsulotomy or capsulectomy, osteoplasty of the acetabulum and proximal femur, and labral detachment or debridement during hip arthroscopy could potentially compromise hip stability. The safety parameters for arthroscopic hip surgery have not yet been fully established, and techniques are being developed for labral refixation and capsular repair after arthroscopic treatment of femoroacetabular impingement in an attempt to decrease the chance of iatrogenic hip instability or microinstability. The surgical technique presented in this article may provide anatomic repair of both the labrum and capsule using a double-loaded suture anchor technique. We believe that this technique increases both operative efficiency and the strength of the overall repair, which may minimize the risk of iatrogenic hip instability after hip arthroscopy.

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