-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SATURDAY, March 23 (HealthDay News) -- The complication rate for
hip arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure to repair
damage to the inside of the joint, is higher than previously
thought, a new study finds.
The researchers said previous reports on complications were not
comprehensive and did not include new surgical techniques, such as
repair of the hip labrum. They suggested their findings could help
doctors prevent complications associated with hip arthroscopy in
The new study analyzed information on nearly 600 hip
arthroscopies that took place at three hospitals between January
2011 and April 2012. Patients, whose average age was about 32,
included an equal number of men and women. Researchers took
participants' individual diagnosis, demographic information and
procedure into account.
"The overall complication rate after hip arthroscopy was 7.2 percent, which is higher than what has been previously reported in the literature at 1.5 percent," study lead author Dr. Christopher Larson, of the Minnesota Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Institute in Minneapolis, said in a news release.
Sensory disturbance in the leg was the most common complication,
occurring in nearly 23 percent of cases. The researchers pointed
out that this effect did not persist beyond six months except for
No difference in complications was seen between male and female
patients or between first-time procedures and revisions.
"We hope that our research helps to provide new insights into surgery complications and how to prevent them," Larson said.
The study findings were expected to be presented Saturday at an
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine meeting in
Chicago. Data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until
published in a peer-reviewed journal.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has more about
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