What are contraindications for hip arthroscopy?

Updated: Apr 10, 2019
  • Author: Bart Eastwood, DO; Chief Editor: Dinesh Patel, MD, FACS  more...
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Careful patient selection is paramount for achieving good outcomes after hip arthroscopy. Systemic illness, local wounds, and infection are all contraindications for the procedure. Disorders that affect bone strength or restrict joint mobility may affect the ability to access the joint. Bone must be able to withstand the traction forces of the procedure, and the joint must be mobile enough to allow distraction and manipulation.

Advanced arthritis and degenerative joint disease may be contraindications, but the level of disease that a patient may have while remaining capable of being helped by surgical treatment is still a matter of debate. [12] Significant obesity may be a contraindication in some patients whose habitus exceeds the physical limits of the surgical instruments. [7, 13, 8, 11]


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