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Arthroscopic Labral Repair
Dr. James Chen, M.D. - In San Francisco, CA



An arthroscopic procedure performed to repair a torn labrum of the hip joint. Two or three small incisions are made around the hip. An arthroscopic camera and instruments are used to identify the torn labrum. Sutures are passed through displaced labral tissue. The tissue is brought to its proper position then secured to the bone of the hip socket by driving absorbable anchors into small, drilled holes.

Common Questions about Arthroscopic Labral Repair

What is a labral tear?

A labral tear is a tear in the soft tissue of a socket joint that normally supports and keeps in place the ball of the femur. Labral tears do not heal on their own and without surgery, movement can be limited and painful. If labral tears are not repair or removed this can lead to early onset arthritis.

What are some symptoms of a labral tear of the hip?

Symptoms of a labral tear of the hip include locking, or clicking noises in the hip joint. Additionally, you may feel pain in the hip or groin area as well as experience reduced range of motion.

What is the surgical procedure like for labral repairs?

For labral repairs, the surgeon makes 2-3 small incisions on the hip and uses anchors and sutures to repair and tighten the labrum.

How long is the recovery process?

The recovery process for labral tears of the hip can be from 4-6 months. Patients start attending physical therapy when instructed by their physician and continue for the duration of their recovery process.

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