In some cases, surgery is recommended right away. As with most degenerative conditions, early diagnosis and surgical correction may be able to restore normal hip motion. Surgery is often recommended after the non-surgical treatment options have failed to relieve pain or restore hip function.
Many FAI problems can be treated with arthroscopic surgery. Arthroscopic procedures are performed with small incisions and thin instruments. The surgeon uses a small camera, called an arthroscope, to view inside the hip. During arthroscopy, the surgeon can repair or clean out any damage to the labrum and articular cartilage. Correcting the FAI can be achieved by trimming the bony rim of the acetabulum, as well as shaving down the bump on the femoral head. Some severe cases may require an open operation with a larger incision, but this is rare.
Dr. Bart Eastwood is one of the few surgeons in the region with both experience and fellowship training in hip arthroscopy to treat FAI and labral tears.