Minimally Invasive Hip Labral Repair

Hip Labral Repair represents a significant advancement in orthopaedic medicine, addressing one of the key sources of hip pain and dysfunction. This procedure is designed to repair the labrum, a ring of cartilage that encircles the hip socket, providing stability and cushioning to the hip joint. At our clinic, our expert surgeons use the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery to effectively restore the integrity of the labrum.

This approach not only alleviates pain and improves joint function but also aims to prevent further hip joint issues. Tailored to each patient's specific condition, Hip Labral Repair reflects our commitment to delivering state-of-the-art care, ensuring that patients can return to their active lifestyles with confidence and comfort.

What is hip labral repair?

Hip Labral Repair is a surgical procedure that addresses tears in the labrum, which is the cartilage surrounding the hip socket. Utilizing minimally invasive techniques, surgeons repair or reattach the damaged labrum, thereby alleviating pain, improving joint stability, and enhancing mobility. This targeted approach is essential for patients experiencing discomfort or limited movement due to labral tears, offering a pathway to regain an active lifestyle with reduced recovery time compared to traditional surgery methods.

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What is the labrum?

The labrum is a protective layer of cartilage found in the ball and socket joint of the hip. It provides the relatively shallow hip joint with more stability, cushioning, and a full range of motion. A tear in this cartilage, known as a labral tear, is often caused by either trauma to the hip or chronic overuse.

These injuries are more common in individuals who play certain sports, such as golf or hockey, which require repetitive twisting or pivoting motions. In other cases, a tear may be the result of excessive wear on the labrum due to anatomical abnormalities in the structures of the hip joint.

A labral tear can lead to pain, stiffness, and a feeling of catching or clicking within the joint while moving.

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Diagnosing hip pain at New York Joints & Sports

To diagnose a labral tear, the physician will perform a physical examination and take a thorough medical history. It is frequently initially misdiagnosed since a labral tear has similar symptoms to a number of other physical problems. To confirm a suspected diagnosis, an injection of anesthesia may be administered to determine that the source of the pain is within the joint. Testing may include X-rays or an MRI scan to provide a precise view of the structures of the hip joint.

What is the procedure?

While some labral tears can be treated by managing pain symptoms with a combination of medication and physical therapy, many cases require surgical treatment. The goal of labral repair surgery is to repair the torn cartilage in the hip and restore its functionality rather than remove it, which often results in degenerative problems within the joint over time.

The procedure is usually performed using an arthroscopic approach, which allows the doctor to view the tear through a small camera and approach the site through tiny incisions using specialized tools. Larger tears or more complex injuries, however, may require an open procedure. The labral repair procedure involves creating more space within the hip joint by trimming any damaged tissue and excessive bone in the area as needed.

The tear is then sutured, closed, and repositioned so the labrum can be securely reattached where it had pulled free from the bone.

This is typically achieved with the use of anchors that are implanted in small holes that have been drilled into the bone and then attached to the labrum with sutures.

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How long does a hip labral repair take to complete?

The patient is administered anesthesia, and the surgery generally takes between two and four hours to complete, depending on the extent of the damage.

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How long is the recovery after Hip Labral Repair?

Labral repair surgery is usually very effective in treating labral tears and restoring full movement and strength to the hip joint. Most patients are released within a few hours following the procedure. A return to work may be possible within two weeks if the patient is mainly sedentary on the job.

Athletes generally can resume playing sports four to six months after a labral repair procedure. Complete recovery time depends on the extent of the hip damage as well as the type of procedure performed, but it usually takes several months.

An assistive device such as crutches is often necessary for a period of several days to two weeks to help patients walk comfortably without placing too much stress on the hip joint. Physical therapy is typically recommended to help strengthen the joint, improve mobility, and promote faster healing.

Why choose us for Hip Labral Repair?

When under the care of our team of experts at New York Sports & Joints, you can trust in our commitment to excellence in orthopaedic care. Our surgeons, renowned for their advanced training and expertise, specialize in minimally invasive techniques that ensure precise repair and faster recovery. We understand the importance of a functional hip joint in maintaining an active lifestyle and are dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate care.

Our approach combines state-of-the-art technology with a patient-focused philosophy, ensuring each individual receives the best possible outcome. With a proven track record of successful surgeries and satisfied patients, we stand as a leading choice for those seeking effective and innovative hip labral repair solutions.

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