Achieving a Perfectly Spherical Femoroplasty: Pearls, Pitfalls, and Optimal Surgical Technique

Arthrosc Tech. 2020 Feb 21;9(3):e303-e313. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2019.10.011. eCollection 2020 Mar.


Femoroacetabular impingement describes a pathologic interaction between the bony femoral head/neck junction and acetabulum. Cam-type femoroacetabular impingement results from an aspherical femoral head architecture, which increases early contact along the acetabular surface during hip range of motion. Errant arthroscopic femoroplasty recently has been discussed within the literature to describe a preventable etiology of failed hip arthroscopy, most notably cam over- and under-resection. We present an arthroscopic surgical technique for achieving the perfectly spherical femoroplasty, meant to minimize complications and improve postoperative outcomes.