Orthopaedic Conditons & Treatments

Hip Labral Repair and Torn Hip Labrum Repair Surgery

Labral repair of the hip is a surgical procedure that repairs a torn labrum in the hip joint. The labrum is a ring of soft elastic tissue that follows the outside rim of the socket of your hip joint. The labrum plays a critical role in stabilizing your hip. It deepens the socket and provides a seal, or gasket, that securely holds the ball at the top of your thighbone (femur) in place. A common cause of hip pain, a torn labrum can result from wear-and-tear repetitive motions or from an acute injury from a high-impact sports accident or motor vehicle accident.

Hip labral tears can cause symptoms of severe pain and inflammation in the hip joint and may eventually lead to early degenerative arthritis. The leading causes of labral tears in the hip are congenital abnormalities of the hip bones and traumatic injury to or dislocation of the hip joint resulting from car accidents or playing high-impact contact sports such as football or hockey.

Hip Labral Repair Surgery
When nonsurgical treatments such as activity modification, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and, possibly, injections of steroid or viscosupplements (lubricating fluids) have failed to alleviate the painful symptoms of a torn labrum, your orthopaedist may recommend a state-of-the-art  surgical procedure:

  • Hip arthroscopy surgery – This minimally invasive procedure is often performed to repair hip labral tears. Your orthopaedic surgeon uses very small incisions and fiber optic technology to see inside the hip and repair the problem areas. An arthroscope is inserted in one incision, and very thin surgical instruments are inserted into one of more of the other incisions. The arthroscope is a small tube, thinner than a pencil, containing a system of lenses, a light and a small video camera. The camera sends real-time images to a video monitor next to the operating table, thus allowing the surgeon to make precise movements with the special surgical instruments.

    Thanks to the miniaturized camera, the surgeon can see more detail than could be seen with a larger incision (open surgery) and the naked eye. Your surgeon debrides (surgically removes damaged tissue) and repairs the torn hip labrum and any associated problems in the hip.

    For patients, the benefits of arthroscopic hip surgery for hip labral repair versus traditional open surgery are smaller incisions, less pain, shorter hospital stay, faster healing and returning to normal activities sooner.

The multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic experts at North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute's Joint Replacement Services in New York performs labrum repair of the hip surgery as well as nonsurgical and surgical treatments for a broad range of conditions that affects the bones, joints, connective tissues, tendons and ligaments. 

Rehabilitation Services
The Rehabilitation Network of the North Shore-LIJ Health System is dedicated to providing you and your family with result-oriented, comprehensive rehabilitation services. Our goal is to help you and your loved ones find relief from pain and get moving again after an accident, illness, injury or surgery. We’re your partner in a safe, healthy, more rapid recovery.