Last updated on February 2018

Arthroscopic Surgical Procedures vs Sham Surgery for Patients With Femoroacetabular Impingement and/or Labral Tears.


Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Surgical aspects | Surgery
  • Age: Between 18 - 50 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria:

  • hip pain during daily and/or spor t ing activities;
  • intra-articular hip pain with radiological signs of FAI and/or labral tears eligible for hip arthroscopy (to be determined in a pragmatic fashion by the surgeon based on clinical examination and imaging
  • the patient is able to give written informed consent and to participate fully in the interventions and follow-up procedures

Exclusion Criteria:

  • pain that is not confirmed by physical examination of the hip
  • evidence of preexisting osteoarthritis, defined as Tonnis grade >1, or less than 3mm superior joint space width on AP pelvic radiograph
  • center edge angle on radiograph <25; (v) previous known hip pathology such as Perthes' disease, slipped upper femoral epiphysis or avascular necrosis
  • previous hip injury such as acetabular fracture, hip dislocation or femoral neck fracture
  • previous hip surgery
  • medical conditions complicating surgery (ASA 3); (ix) inflammatory joint disease (RA, Bechterew etc)
  • physical inability to undertake testing procedures
  • expected lack of compliance such as cognitive impairment, drug abuse or similar;
  • inability to understand the written and spoken language of the treatment centre;
  • contra-indications to placebo surgery, which will include large loose body, chondral flap >1cm2 detached at 3 sides, complete labral radial flap tear and labral bucket-handle tear with complete avulsion >1.5cm long

Recruitment Status: Open


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