Postoperative imaging in arthroscopic hip surgery

Musculoskelet Surg. 2017 Mar;101(Suppl 1):43-49. doi: 10.1007/s12306-017-0459-y. Epub 2017 Feb 16.


Arthroscopic surgery of the hip, compared to that of the knee or the shoulder, has only recently been developed in any significant way. Current indications for arthroscopic surgery of the hip include: diagnosis and treatment of lesions symptomatic of the acetabular labrum, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), chondral lesions, joint infections, lesions of the teres ligament, impingement of the psoas tendon, pathology of the peritrochanteric space, external snapping hip (coxa saltans), and traumatic and atraumatic instability. Principal indications for imaging of the hip with arthroscopic techniques are represented by persistent groin pain which may be caused by inadequate recognition or treatment of bone alteration of FAI, fractures in the site of resectioned bones, intra-articular adhesion, development of cartilaginous lesions, iatrogenic chondral lesions, recurrent lesions of the fibrocartilaginous acetabular labrum and heterotopic ossification. Postoperative checkup examinations can be undertaken with conventional radiography. The appearance or persistence of groin pain may be investigated using MRI, arthro-MRI and even CT scans.

Keywords: Arthro-MRI; Femoroacetabular impingement; Hip arthroscopy; Osteochondroplasty.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acetabulum / diagnostic imaging*
  • Arthroscopy*
  • Femoracetabular Impingement / diagnosis
  • Hip Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / diagnosis*
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / diagnostic imaging
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / surgery
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnosis*
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnostic imaging
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*