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Labral debridement, repair and reconstruction: current concepts
  1. David E Hartigan1,2,
  2. Itay Perets1,
  3. Mitchell B Meghpara3,
  4. Mary R Close1,
  5. Leslie C Yuen1,
  6. Mitchell R Mohr1,
  7. Benjamin G Domb1,4
  1. 1American Hip Institute, Westmont, Illinois, USA
  2. 2Mayo Clinic Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  3. 3University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  4. 4Hinsdale Orthopaedics, Hinsdale, Illinois, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Benjamin G Domb, American Hip Institute, Westmont IL 60559, USA; DrDomb{at}


Proper treatment of labral pathology is under debate. The treatments currently available to hip surgeons are: conservative treatment, labral debridement, repair and reconstruction while concomitantly addressing bony dysmorphisms. The data available to assist surgeons to make the correct treatment decisions are inconclusive. In this current concepts review, the technical aspects and currently available literature to assist in the decision-making process with these treatment modalities are reviewed. The exact indications for each procedure are still up for debate and ongoing research will better define the ideal patients for each procedure. The purpose of this narrative review was to discuss the current research on debridement, repair and reconstruction as well as the techniques that are currently reported in the literature.

  • hip
  • arthroscopy
  • repair / reconstruction
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  • Contributors All authors have made significant contributions to this paper, and this paper is not in review at any other journal.

  • Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests BGD reports personal fees and other from arthrex other from breg, personal fees and other from pacira, personal fees and other from Stryker, personal fees from orthomerica, personal fees from DJO global, personal fees from amplitude, personal fees from medacta, outside the submitted work and BGD is a boardmember for the American Hip Institute, which funds research and is the institute where our studies are performed. BGD is also a boardmember at the AANA learning center committee and arthroscopy journal. DEH receives personal fees and other as a consultant from Arthrex.

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