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AAOS Report: Hip Arthroscopy Could Double by 2013

Written by  Laura Miller | August 26, 2011

Source: Becker Hip and Spine

The number of patients receiving hip arthroscopy is expected to grow tremendously, possibly doubling by 2013, and three new CPT codes were introduced for the procedure this past year, according to an AAOS Now report.

Download the PDF report here: Hip arthroscopy Update, advances, and future applications

The three new CPT codes are for arthroscopic acetabuloplasty, femoroplasty and labral repair. The indications for hip arthroscopy currently include labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement and septic hips.

The report touches on several points, including:

  • A review of open dislocation, mini-open and arthroscopic surgeries for symptomatic FAI, showing they can all be safe and effective treatment methods.
  • Two long term studies that reported successful outcomes from arthroscopic labral debridement in patients without higher grade chondral lesions.
  • A study finding that patients with FAI may not find hip arthroscopy beneficial if they have less than 2 millimeters of residual joint or less than 50 percent of joint width remaining.
  • The appropriate amount of bone removal to manage FAI.
  • Endoscopic procedures developed for treating areas adjacent to the hip.

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