Current Concepts in Labral Repair and Refixation: Anatomical Approach to Labral Management.
Arthroscopic labral repair and refixation have garnered much attention over the past several years. Restoration of suction seal and native labral function has been an evolving focus for achieving excellent results in hip preservation surgery. Authors have reported using several labral management techniques: débridement, labralization, looped suture fixation, base stitch fixation, inversion-eversion, and reconstruction. The optimal technique is yet to be determined. Absolute indications for labral repair are symptomatic intra-articular pain, joint space >2 mm, and failed conservative management. Extreme attention is given to identifying and addressing the cause, whether it be acute or repetitive trauma, instability, or femoroacetabular impingement. In this article, we discuss indications for labral repair; describe Dr. Mather's preoperative planning, labral repair technique, and postoperative care; and review published outcomes and future trends in labral repair.
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