April 26, 2017
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Similar return-to-play rates seen in amateur, recreational athletes after hip arthroscopy for FAI

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Although recreational athletes were significantly older than high-level athletes, both groups had high return-to-play rates and similar patient-reported outcomes after hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement.

Researchers collected data for 66 consecutive athletes who underwent hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement. Investigators categorized 17 athletes into a high-level amateur group and 49 athletes in a recreational group. They further categorized the athletes into six different sporting groups determined on physical demands on the hip. The modified Harris Hip score (mHHS), Hip Outcome Score-Activities of Daily Living subscale (HOS-ADL) and HOS-Sport specific subscale (HOS-SS) were collected preoperatively and at minimum 2-year follow-up. Athletes also answered a questionnaire about return to play and activity level.

Alexander E. Weber

Investigators found significant improvements for all patient-reported outcomes at the 2-year follow-up and saw no differences between the groups. Overall rate of return was 88% in the high-level amateur group and 94% in the recreational group.

Investigators noted decreased HOS-SS and mHHS correlated with increased preoperative withdrawal time from sport before surgery. Athletes returned to sport significantly slower if they withdrew from a sport for more than 8 months prior to surgery. Less improvements in HOS and mHHS scores correlated with increasing BMI. – by Monica Jaramillo

Disclosures: Weber reports no relevant financial disclosures. Please see the full study for a list of all other authors’ relevant financial disclosures.