Hip labral tear occurs when the band of cartilage surrounding the hip joint, called the labrum gets injured. The injuries can occur because of trauma, such as a car accident or fall. However, they can also occur because of repetitive stress to the hip joint.
Individuals participating in soccer, hockey, and long distance running among other sports requiring extremes of motion are often diagnosed with labral tears. This involves activities that require sharp movements and repetitive twisting.
Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI), led by board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan, provides orthopedic surgery to patients in Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding communities.
Preventing Labral Tears
Risk of sustaining a labral injury is enhanced with repetitive motions, such as long-distance running or sports. It is important to be aware of hip pain, especially while squatting or sitting. These can indicate signs of potential hip injuries.
Identifying and addressing the injuries early in the treatment can be helpful. Physical therapists can help active individuals identify proper body movements for lessening the possibility of injury. You need to continue muscle strengthening practices and lower-extremity mobility after recovering from a hip labral tear.
This will play a major role in reducing the risk of further injury or irritation. Complete avoidance of the activity contributing to the symptoms may be suggested in some extreme cases.
Procedure of Hip Labral Tear Repair Surgery
Your doctor may perform the following during a surgery:
- Labral tear repair: The torn labrum will be reattached by the doctor to the socket (acetabulum) by using sterile thread and small plastic anchors
- Debridement: The doctor may trim or smooth the area of the frayed labrum. The goal is to remove any damaged, loose, or pain-generating tissue.
- Other repairs: Hip problems are generally intertwined. Hence, it is common for surgeons to repair the hip labrum and address any other problem during the surgery. For instance, your surgeon may decide to shave any bony abnormalities causing hip impingement while repairing the labrum.
The decision of carrying out repairs may be made during the surgery. Everything wrong with a joint cannot be revealed during the pre-operative medical imaging. Your surgeon may discover or confirm other hip problems during the surgery.
Open Hip Surgery vs. Arthroscopic
Hip labral repair surgery can be performed using open surgical methods or arthroscopic methods. Hip arthroscopy is minimally invasive using special tools and a video camera. Larger incision of 8 – 10 cm is required in open hip surgery. The surgeon may dislocate the joint’s femoral head from the hip socket.
Labral Tear Reconstruction
Graft tissue from some other body part is used during labral reconstruction using graft. This completely replaces the torn labrum and the procedure is performed where the labrum is too damaged but the hip joint is healthy. The severity of your injury will determine the type of surgery that is recommended. Underlying conditions that need to be addressed will also determine the type of surgery performed.
Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI), led by board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan, receives patients from Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for orthopedic surgery.
Contact the Southern California Hip Institute
Dr. Tigran Garabekyan is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip preservation. To learn more about Southern California Hip Institute or to schedule a consultation, click here to contact us or call:
Century City / Los Angeles: 310.595.1030
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