“A-Rod” isn’t the only one with hip pain. Many athletes, dancers, weekend warriors and non-athletes can suffer with pain in the hip from a tear of the labrum. The labrum is a ring of cartilage circling the hip socket and aids in stability and reducing the stresses across the hip joint.
Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
There is a limited ability for the hip labrum to heal without surgical intervention. Recent advances in arthroscopic surgical techniques now allow specially trained orthopedic surgeons (Dr. Edmond Cleeman & Dr. Mark Klion) to repair labrum tears through 2 or 3 small portals around the hip. These procedures are performed in an ambulatory setting (patient goes home the same day).
Repairing the Labrum
The torn labrum is reattached to the acetabular rim (socket). Sutures are arthroscopically placed around the torn labrum and fixed to the acetabular rim with implants called anchors. These anchors are non-metallic.