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Low postoperative alpha angles can lead to return to sport after hip arthroscopy

June 01, 2022

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Jimenez AE, et al. Predictors of return to sport in elite athletes after hip arthroscopy. Presented at: Arthroscopy Association of North America Annual Meeting. 19-21 May 2022; san francisco


Disclosure: Jimenez does not report relevant financial information.

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SAN FRANCISCO — In this video from the Arthroscopy Association of North America Annual Meeting, Andrew E. Jimenez, MD, discusses predictors of return to sport in elite athletes who have undergone hip arthroscopy.

Jimenez and colleagues categorized high school, college, and professional athletes into groups based on whether they returned to sport at an equal or higher level, or either returned to sport at a lower level, or did not return to sport after hip arthroscopy. Jimenez found that athletes with higher postoperative outcomes and lower postoperative alpha angles returned to sport after hip arthroscopy. He added that athletes with a postoperative alpha angle of less than 46° were six times more likely to return to sport compared to athletes with a postoperative alpha angle greater than 46°, according to the results of a recipient-operator curve.

“We interpreted this to mean that it appears that adequate femoroplasty, or removal of the cam lesion, has a positive impact on outcomes, not only in the general population but, as this study has shown, in athletes who try.” to return to sports,” Jimenez, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in the Department of Orthopedics at Yale School of Medicine, told Healio. “We would like to emphasize that we are not attempting to release this study to promote overresection or femoroplasty, but we certainly believe it is important to undertake careful repair of the femoral head-neck junction and restoration of the offset, to get the best results in these patients.”

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