Hip impingement or bone shaving surgery is one of the most popular operations in sports medicine. Many world-renowned athletes have had the operation. Today, even teenage athletes with hip pain are having the operation.
The idea is that bone that has rough edges or an irregular shape in the hip is rubbing against soft tissue in the joint, causing tendons to fray or muscles to tear. The aim is by shaving and smoothing the bone Surgeons can protect patients from further injury and also protect them from developing arthritis. The amount of bone removed varies but can be significant – sometimes as much as a third of a thigh bone.
Surgeons who favour the operation state that bumps on the hip bone can eat away at cartilage, which can result many years later in severe arthritis.
Liam Moloney, Solicitor, whose firm are handling many of the DePuy ASR cases, said today “hip impingement or bone shaving surgery can be an option to hip resurfacing to protect patients from further injury and to protect them from developing arthritis. Hip impingement surgery is also much cheaper than hip resurfacing”.