Sunday, December 6, 2015

So What Did They Fix

     So what was the problem, a labral tear caused by a Femoroacetabular impingement.  A Femoroacetabular impingment (FAI) is defined as a condition where the bones of the hip are abnormally shaped. Because they do not fit together perfectly, the hip bones rub against each other and cause damage to the joint.  The ball at the top of the femur that fits into the hip socket had an additional growth or a an extra bump of bone sticking out.  The labrum is a rim of soft tissue or fibrocartilage that surrounds the acetabulum (hip socket). The labrum adds to the stability of the hip by deepening the socket and protects the joint surface. The labrum can tear as the result of an injury or FAI.

The surgery was performed arthroscopic with three incisions in the hip and thigh.  

Here is a look a a few picture the doctor took while performing the surgery the other day.

This is showing the labral tear.  The surgeon placed part of one of his tools right through it.

Here is another view of the tear on the left side of the photo. 

This is what the labral looks like after the repair.  He removed some of the junk around the tear and a flap of cartilage that was covering the tear.  The tear was tied up with a plastic type thread.

This photo is hard to see what the problem is here, but the bump of bone on the top of the femur that was the cause of all this.

This is what the bone looks like after the bump was shaved down and smoothed out


  1. Oh wow. I had 2 incisions and they were so tiny. I can hardly find them now. Wishing you well in your recovery! I'm sure you will be back running before you know it. The non-weight bearing phase is the worse of the recovery. Good luck!

  2. Best wishes for a speedy healing process! Looks like the tear was pretty bad, glad you were finally about to get it fixed and are on the road to recovery!

  3. Those pictures are bad ass! I love surgery pics, haha. I still have mine (plus a video) from my first knee surgery. You seem like you're doing your best during your PT...keep it up Dean!