Hip arthroscopy for pediatric FAI is safe, reliable

By Carolyn Rogers

Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) frequently results from childhood diseases such as developmental dysplasia of the hip, Legg-Calvé-Perthes, or slipped capital femoral epiphysis. Although FAI in adults is often treated with open surgical dislocation and a greater trochanteric osteotomy, a different approach may be beneficial for treating FAI in pediatric patients.

According to a study presented at the 2008 AAOS Annual Meeting, hip arthroscopy produces excellent improvement in function and a high level of patient satisfaction at 1-year follow-up.

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