Editorial Commentary: Patient Profiling: Identifying Risk Factors That Help Predict Outcomes of Hip Arthroscopy Candidates

Arthroscopy. 2019 Nov;35(11):3057-3059. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2019.07.011.


Hip pain in the young athletic population is often caused by femoroacetabular impingement morphology. If a patient fails conservative management, hip arthroscopy becomes a potential treatment option. Our ability to maximize patient outcomes after hip arthroscopy is directly related to preoperative patient selection, intraoperative technical ability, and attention to detail in the postoperative period. When considering surgery as a therapeutic option, we want to first identify that the pain is truly stemming from the hip. Once the hip is identified as the culprit, then we proceed with the responsibility of discussing pros and cons and risks and benefits to each patient to critically evaluate whether surgical treatment is a viable option. With the explosion of literature in the field of hip preservation, we have recognized certain modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors that aid us in identifying patients who may have difficulty in achieving their functional athletic expectations after surgery.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Arthroscopy
  • Femoracetabular Impingement*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Sports*
  • Treatment Outcome