What is it?
Hip labral repair is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the refixation of injured labral tissue. The labrum is a rim of soft tissue that surrounds the acetabulum (hip socket). A tear can occur as a result of an injury or the progression of osteoarthritis in the hip can also be a cause. Depending on the patient’s type of labral tear, debridement may be included in reparative labral surgery. This technique involves the removal of a small portion of the labrum. Labral tears required to undergo surgery are often accompanied by hip arthroscopy. After assessing the patient’s type of tear and age, your surgeon will determine whether the tear will be addressed with refixation (repair of the affected tissue with suture) or debridement.
How is it Performed?
At the start of the procedure, the hip will be pulled away from the acetabulum enough so that the surgeon can visualize and insert the surgical instruments necessary to repair the labral tear. The surgeon will then make small punctures in the hip for the camera and surgical instruments to enter. After repairing the tear, the surgeon has the ability to remove any inflamed tissue that has occurred over time. The length of the procedure is dependent on what damage the surgeon has found and the amount of work needed to be done to fix it.