Last month I gave a talk titled Hip Labral Reconstruction at UT Houston’s 59th Annual Edward T. Smith Orthopaedic Lectureship. I outlined the history of, rationale for and evidence behind arthroscopic hip labral reconstruction. I showed a technique that I created and reviewed the results I have had with it.
Before delving deeper in the topic, I reviewed a few salient points:
- The hip labrum is very important for hip stability, prevention of arthritis , and hip athletic performance
- Labral tears are a significant source of hip pain and dysfunction
- Not all labral tears can be repaired
- The labrum can be a pain generator
- Removing the labrum and leaving it out is a bad idea
- Removing the labrum and reconstructing it can remove the pain generators and restore biomechanical function.