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Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) presents one of the most common causes of hip pain in adolescent athletes. With this condition, movement of the hip joint is restricted due to abnormal bony contact between the ball (femur) and socket (acetabulum). FAI can be caused by a developmental abnormality of the ball or by an abnormally oriented or excessively deep socket, causing a painful restriction of motion. Left untreated, FAI can cause labrum tears, damage to surface cartilage, and early arthritis. Treatment is aimed at restoring the normal anatomy and improving the clearance for hip mobility through hip arthroscopy.
Given that many patients who have FAI suffer from the problem in both hips, this study investigates the safety and efficacy of performing bilateral hip arthroscopy in the same setting. The benefits are immense and include consolidating the overall recovery time with faster return to sport when compared with staged surgery. We were able to show that the bilateral procedure can be carried out safely and effectively with similar pain scores and time to return to sport when compared with unilateral surgery.
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