Current trends in hip arthroscopy: a review of injury diagnosis, techniques, and outcome scoring

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Purpose of review

Arthroscopy of the hip has become increasingly popular in the past decade. As a result, issues of diagnosing hip pathologies, surgical techniques, and outcomes measurement, have been critical focus points in this field. The point of this review is to compile recent research articles related to hip arthroscopy diagnosis, techniques, and outcomes measurement.

Recent findings

Most of the recent research in injury diagnosis of intra-articular hip disorders has been related to magnetic resonance arthrography. Commonly performed arthroscopic surgical techniques include: labral repair/debridement, thermal capsulorraphy/capsular plication, thermal chondroplasty/microfracture/partial femoral surface replacement, and osteochondroplasty. Lastly, a new outcomes measuring instrument, the Hip Outcome Score (HOS), has been developed to assess outcomes in high-performing patients with hip injuries.


Because arthroscopy of the hip is a relatively new field, issues of diagnosing, treating, and measuring outcomes in these patients have been of increasing interest. Basic science and clinical (retrospective and prospective) studies are still needed to optimize surgical procedures and assess long-term outcomes.

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