Hip arthroscopy in the pediatric population
Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation
Medical Subject Headings
Arthritis, Infectious; *Arthroscopy; Child; Epiphyses, Slipped; Hip Joint; Humans; Joint Diseases; Legg-Perthes Disease
Orthopedics | Rehabilitation and Therapy
Hip arthroscopy has obvious advantages over arthrotomy in the pediatric population. Hip arthroscopy, used as a diagnostic or therapeutic tool, is significantly less invasive than arthrotomy and allows for quicker recovery and return to activities. In addition, arthroscopy avoids dislocation of the femoral head and the corresponding risk of osteonecrosis. Current indications for hip arthroscopy in pediatric patients include septic arthritis, labral disorders, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. The role of hip arthroscopy in the pediatric population will continue to expand because of its attractiveness as a less invasive option for evaluating the hip.
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Citation: Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2003 Jan;(406):60-3. Link to article on publisher's site