Arthroscopy of the hip for paediatric and adolescent disorders CURRENT CONCEPTS

Barts and The Royal London Hospital NHS Trust, Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BB, UK.
The Bone & Joint Journal (Impact Factor: 3.31). 03/2012; 94(3):290-6. DOI: 10.1302/0301-620X.94B3.26957
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Hip arthroscopy is particularly attractive in children as it confers advantages over arthrotomy or open surgery, such as shorter recovery time and earlier return to activity. Developments in surgical technique and arthroscopic instrumentation have enabled extension of arthroscopy of the hip to this age group. Potential challenges in paediatric and adolescent hip arthroscopy include variability in size, normal developmental change from childhood to adolescence, and conditions specific to children and adolescents and their various consequences. Treatable disorders include the sequelae of traumatic and sports-related hip joint injuries, Legg-Calve-Perthes' disease and slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and the arthritic and septic hip. Intra-articular abnormalities are rarely isolated and are often associated with underlying morphological changes. This review presents the current concepts of hip arthroscopy in the paediatric and adolescent patient, covering clinical assessment and investigation, indications and results of the experience to date, as well as technical challenges and future directions.

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