Original Article| Volume 30, ISSUE 2, P208-213, February 2014

Arthroscopic Labral Base Repair in the Hip: Clinical Results of a Described Technique


      The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcomes of a cohort of patients who underwent labral repair by use of a previously published labral base repair suture technique for the treatment of acetabular labral tears and pincer-type femoroacetabular impingement (FAI).


      Patients who received hip arthroscopy for symptomatic intra-articular hip disorders and underwent the previously described labral base repair technique were included in the study group. Patients who had Tönnis arthritis grade 2 or greater, had Legg-Calves-Perthes disease, or underwent simple looped stitch repair were excluded. The patient-reported outcome scores included the modified Harris Hip Score, the Non-Arthritic Hip Score, the Hip Outcome Score–Activities of Daily Living, and the Hip Outcome Score–Sport-Specific Subscale obtained preoperatively and at 2 years' and 3 years' follow-up. Any complications, revision surgeries, and conversions to total hip arthroplasty were noted.


      Of the patients, 54 (82%) were available for follow-up. The mean length of follow-up for this cohort was 2.4 years (range, 1.7 to 4.1 years). At final follow-up, there was significant improvement in all 4 patient-reported outcome scores (modified Harris Hip Score, 63.7 to 89.9; Non-Arthritic Hip Score, 60.9 to 87.9; Hip Outcome Score–Activities of Daily Living, 66.9 to 91.0; and Hip Outcome Score–Sport-Specific Subscale, 46.5 to 79.2) (P < .0001). A good or excellent result was achieved in 46 patients (85.2%). There was significant improvement in pain as measured by the change in visual analog scale score from 6.5 to 2.3 (P < .0001), and the patient satisfaction rating was 8.56 ± 2.01. There were no perioperative complications. Revision surgery was required in 3 patients (5.6%), and 2 patients (3.7%) required conversion to total hip arthroplasty.


      The clinical results of this labral base repair technique showed favorable clinical improvements based on 4 patient-reported outcome questionnaires, visual analog scale, and patient satisfaction. More clinical, biomechanical, and histologic studies are needed to determine the optimal repair technique.

      Level of Evidence

      Level IV, therapeutic case series.
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