Study: Hip arthroscopy is safe and effective in young patien
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Hip arthroscopy is a safe and effective procedure for improving functional impairments in pediatric and adolescent patients, according to a published study. Although surgical indications for hip arthroscopy have been expanded to include some pediatric hip disorders, there still is a paucity of literature on the outcomes of hip arthroscopy in such conditions. In this study, the researcher aimed to investigate the safety and functional outcomes of hip arthroscopy in pediatric and adolescent hip disorders.

In a retrospective review, information for 32 patients who underwent hip arthroscopic procedures were analyzed. After a mean follow-up of 4.7 years, investigators found 85.3% of patients showed improvement in the mHHS (from 77.8 to 90), 85.3% of patients showed improvement in the WOMAC (from 16.4 to 6.8) and 88.2% of patients showed improvement in the VAS (from 4.4 to 2.2). Range of hip motion also improved from 101.7 to 115.0, with 97.1% of patients showing improvement. Investigators found no serious complications related to the procedure except for five patients who had transient numbness around the groin, which disappeared the day after surgery in all but one patient. That patient showed symptom recovery at follow-up on the seventh day after surgery.

Hip arthroscopy is a safe procedure even in skeletally immature patients. It appears to be effective in improving functional impairment caused by femoroacetabular impingement between the deformed femoral head and acetabulum or some intra-articular focal problems in pediatric and adolescent hip disorders.

Source: https://www.healio.com/news/orthopedics/20200626/study-hip-arthroscopy-is-safe-and-effective-in-young-patients
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