Indications and Outcomes of Arthroscopic Labral Reconstruction of the Hip: A Systematic Review

Nikunj N. Trivedi, Lakshmanan Sivasundaram, Charles A. Su, Derrick Knapik, Shane J. Nho, Richard C. Mather, Michael J. Salata

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Purpose: The primary purpose of this investigation was to systematically evaluate the literature for the current indications and outcomes of arthroscopic labral reconstruction of the hip. Our secondary purpose was to evaluate the role of arthroscopic labral reconstruction in the management of reparable labral tears. Methods: A systematic review was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PRISMA) guidelines using a PRISMA checklist. Studies published between June 2009 and June 2018 that evaluated outcomes after arthroscopic labral reconstruction with a minimum of 1 year of follow-up were included. Results: Eleven studies met the inclusion and exclusion criteria. A total of 373 patients were identified. Of the 11 studies, 9 reported that an irreparable labrum was their indication for reconstruction, with 8 reporting that this was ultimately determined intraoperatively. Substantial variability in surgical technique, graft choice, and concurrent pathology was found. All 11 studies used at least 1 validated functional outcome metric to evaluate surgical outcomes, with all studies reporting improvement greater than the minimal clinically important difference. Donor-site pain was the most common complication, although it was reported in only 2 studies. Reported rates of revision surgery and conversion to arthroplasty were low (range, 0%-9.1% for both). Conclusions: All 11 studies included in this systematic review reported clinically significant functional improvements after arthroscopic labral reconstruction and low rates of complications, revision surgery, and progression of arthritis, although graft types and concomitant procedures confound the results. The most common indication for reconstruction was a deficient labrum on intraoperative evaluation. The 6 studies that evaluated patient satisfaction reported favorable results, with a range of 6.73 to 8.7. Level of Evidence: Level IV, systematic review of Level III and IV studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2175-2186
Number of pages12
JournalArthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2019


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