Performance and Return to Sport After Hip Arthroscopy in the National Basketball Association

Robert A. Jack, Kyle R. Sochacki, Takashi Hirase, Justin Vickery, Patrick McCulloch, David M. Lintner, Joshua D. Harris

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Purpose: To determine: (1) return to sport (RTS) rate in National Basketball Association (NBA) players following hip arthroscopy, (2) postoperative career length and games per season, (3) pre- and postoperative performance, and (4) postoperative performance compared with control players. Methods: NBA athletes who underwent hip arthroscopy and matched controls were identified. RTS was defined as playing in at least 1 game after surgery. Player efficiency ratings were used for performance evaluation. Continuous variables of each group were compared using a 2-tailed paired samples Student t test for normally distributed data. χ2 was used to analyze categorical data. RTS was used as the primary outcome with statistical significance defined by a P value <.05. A Bonferroni correction was used to control for the remaining multiple comparisons with statistical significance defined by a P value ≤.008. Results: Twenty-three players (24 hips) were analyzed (mean age 27.5 ± 3.1 years; mean experience in the NBA 5.8 ± 2.8 years at time of surgery). Small forwards (n = 8, 33.3%) represented the largest proportion of players that underwent hip arthroscopy. Twenty players (21 surgeries, 87.5%) were able to RTS in NBA at an average of 5.7 ± 2.6 months. The overall 1-year NBA career survival rate of players undergoing hip arthroscopy was 79.2%. Players in the control group (5.2 ± 3.5 years) had a similar career length as (P =.068) players who underwent surgery (4.4 ± 3.0 years). There was no significant (P =.045) decrease in games per season following surgery. There was no significant difference in performance postoperatively compared with preoperatively (P =.017) and compared with matched controls following surgery (P =.570). Conclusions: The RTS rate for NBA athletes after hip arthroscopy is high. There was no decrease in games played, career lengths, or performance following hip arthroscopy in NBA players versus preoperatively and matched controls. Level of evidence: Level III case-control study

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-478
Number of pages6
JournalArthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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