Pain, activities of daily living and sport function at different time points after hip arthroscopy in patients with femoroacetabular impingement: a systematic review with meta-analysis

Br J Sports Med. 2017 Apr;51(7):572-579. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096618. Epub 2016 Nov 14.


Aim: To investigate pain, activities of daily living (ADL) function, sport function, quality of life and satisfaction at different time points after hip arthroscopy in patients with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI).

Design: Systematic review with meta-analysis. Weighted mean differences between preoperative and postoperative outcomes were calculated and used for meta-analysis.

Data sources: EMBASE, MEDLINE, SportsDiscus, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, and PEDro.

Eligibility criteria for selecting studies: Studies that evaluated hip pain, ADL function, sport function and quality of life before and after hip arthroscopy and postoperative satisfaction in patients with symptomatic FAI.

Results: Twenty-six studies (22 case series, 3 cohort studies, 1 randomised controlled trial (RCT)) were included in the systematic review and 19 in the meta-analysis. Clinically relevant pain and ADL function improvements were first reported between 3 and 6 months, and sport function improvements between 6 months and 1 year after surgery. It is not clear when quality of life improvements were first achieved. On average, residual mild pain and ADL and sport function scores lower than their healthy counterparts were reported by patients following surgery. Postoperative patient satisfaction ranged from 68% to 100%.

Conclusions: On average, patients reported earlier pain and ADL function improvements, and slower sport function improvements after hip arthroscopy for FAI. However, average scores from patients indicate residual mild hip pain and/or hip function lower than their healthy counterparts after surgery. Owing to the current low level of evidence, future RCTs and cohort studies should investigate the effectiveness of hip arthroscopy in patients with FAI.

Trial registration number: CRD42015019649.

Keywords: Arthroscopic surgery; Functional; Hip; Quality of life.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Arthroscopy*
  • Femoracetabular Impingement / surgery*
  • Hip Joint / physiopathology
  • Hip Joint / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Pain / epidemiology*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Postoperative Period
  • Quality of Life
  • Sports
  • Treatment Outcome