Evidence of capsular defect following hip arthroscopy

Frank McCormick, William Slikker, Joshua D. Harris, Anil K. Gupta, Geoffrey D. Abrams, Jonathan Frank, Bernard R. Bach, Shane J. Nho

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to identify the incidence of capsular defects in patients undergoing revision hip arthroscopy. Methods: A radiographic and anatomical analysis of MR arthrograms of patients undergoing revision arthroscopy was performed to assess for the presence of capsular defect. Intra-operative images and findings were reviewed. Patients with persistent cam and pincer lesions were excluded. Results: From October 2011 to October 2012, 25 patients underwent revision hip arthroscopy surgery, and 9 patients met our inclusion criteria. Within this series, all patients had post-surgical capsular irregularities and seven patients (78 %) had radiographic evidence of capsule and iliofemoral defects on MR arthrogram. Gross capsular defects were confirmed at revision surgery in two patients. Conclusion: The findings of this study demonstrate post-surgical radiographic and anatomical evidence of capsular defects in a select group of patients following hip arthroscopy. Level of evidence: IV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)902-905
Number of pages4
JournalKnee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Capsulectomy
  • Femoral acetabular impingement
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Hip micro-instability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery


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