Labral Repair

Labral Repair

MRI demonstrating a torn anterior superior labrum, which most often occurs in patients with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI).

MRI demonstrating a torn anterior superior labrum, which most often occurs in patients with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI).

Labral repair involves securing the torn labrum back to the bone. The repair can be performed either arthroscopically or through an open incision. Dr. Driscoll has extensive training in arthroscopic labral repair and believes that this approach allows for the best possible repair while minimizing patients’ post-operative pain.

Arthroscopic labral repair is performed through small incisions around the hip (called “portals”). An arthroscopic camera is passed through one portal and small surgical tools are passed through another portal to perform the repair. The labrum is repaired with high-strength sutures attached to one or more small suture anchors placed in the bone.

Arthroscopic labral repair is an outpatient surgery. Patients are able to go home on the day of surgery. Crutches are needed for the first 4 weeks, but weight bearing is encouraged. Most patients are allowed to return to their activities by 3-4 months after surgery.