This study evaluated 66 patients undergoing hip arthroscopy who participated in athletics at either the high school/collegiate level or recreationally. The study concludes that both groups improved significantly and to a similar level, 92% returned to sports, and a longer time away from sports prior to surgery correlated with poorer outcomes and recovery.
Points of interest: The average time these athletes had been unable to perform their sport prior to surgery was 9.6 months and nearly 50% had a significant chondral delamination. It might be that we are not making the diagnosis in a timely manner in the non-professional athletic population. Secondly, in this non-elite group of athletes, the time to return to full sports was 9 months to10 months and significantly greater than reported for prior studies including elite level athletes. This is important information with regard to counseling patients, in particular for those who have had to cease sports secondary to pain prior to surgery.
In addition, there were 40 female patients and only 26 male patients, and this might represent a slightly different population than the typical football or hockey cohorts. Further studies in these different athletic subpopulations with greater numbers and follow-up are required to better define these findings.
Christopher M. Larson, MD
Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon
Twin Cities Orthopedics
Disclosures: Larson reports no relevant financial disclosures.