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Hip impingement

Helping your joint to function again

Exercises and medication can provide short-term relief from your symptoms. If there is no improvement despite intensive treatment, surgery may help in the long-term. Our experts specialise in impingement treatment and use the latest surgical techniques.

Impingement treatment: treatment without surgery

If the damage to the bone and cartilage is not yet too severe, we will attempt to treat your condition conservatively. This can involve a limit on sporting activities, and treatment with medication. We also add in physiotherapy to strengthen your muscles and to improve your mobility.

Conservative treatment methods

  • Impingement treatment: Treatment without surgery

Hip impingement surgery

An alternative to more major hip impingement surgery is hip joint arthroscopy, especially in cases of cam impingement. With this procedure, a small incision is made and a probe carrying a camera is inserted into the joint. This documents any damage such as a tear to the acetabular rim. Using minimally invasive surgical techniques, our surgeon is then able to repair the rim. Overgrowth of the cartilage or small deformities of the bone in the pelvis or on the femur can also be removed. The special tools used mean that the surgeon can also remodel the femoral neck to its correct shape, restoring joint function and ease of mobility.

With pincer impingement, the edge of the cup is moved further inwards. The bony ring that occurred at the point of the original joint lip is removed.

Follow-up treatment after hip impingement surgery

Following hip impingement surgery, you must only partially weight-bear on your hip for up to four weeks in order to avoid fracturing the femoral neck. However, for a period of approximately six weeks you should use walking aids so as not to jeopardise the healing process. During this time, your hip will be mobilised and strengthened with treatments such as physiotherapy. Three months after the procedure, your joint should be fully functional again.

Surgical treatment methods

  • Hip impingement surgery
  • Follow-up treatment after hip impingement surgery