Three-dimensional Imaging and Computer Navigation in Planning for Hip Preservation Surgery

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Hip preservation surgery is performed to address femoroacetabular impingement, alleviate any associated pain, and reduce the risk of early onset of osteoarthritis. In the last decade, arthroscopy has become more popular in addressing femoroacetabular impingement, due to its minimally invasive approach. However, poor visualization and limited spatial awareness of the joint make arthroscopy of the hip difficult, resulting in a steep learning curve. This paper reviews the utility and benefits of 3-dimensional imaging and computer navigation and what these tools may add to the preoperative planning stages of hip preservation surgery.

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