Femoroacetabular impingement

Impingement is the result of abnormal contact within the joint ; this may be due to bone deformation that causes friction, bone breakage or tissue that may be "stuck" in the joint.

The hip is the joint that forms the junction between the legs and the trunk ; it supports the weight of the body and is therefore subjected to important constraints. The top of the thighbone : the femoral head comes to fit into the iliac bone (the pelvis) at the level of a cavity called acetabulum

The femoroacetabular impingement is due to an abnormal contact of the neck of the femur on the acetabulum, either because of a morphological anomaly of the neck of the femur, or because of an overly "enveloping" acetabulum. These repeated contacts can result in lesions in tissues and cartilage and progress towards osteoarthritic degradation of the joint.

This disease mainly affects young patients who practice particularly hip sports such as martial arts, rugby, hockey, football or dance.

An X-ray of the pelvis in front and a specific incidence of the hip (Ducroquet’s profile or Dunn’s profile) will be essential to your surgeon in addition to his clinical examination which will test particularly the hip in flexion and medial rotation.

Inquire in advance is mandatory in order to perform the most suitable examination.

Surgical Treatment

Hip Arthroscopy
This procedure consists in resecting the bone deformations located at the neck of the femur or acetabulum.

At the Bordeaux-Merignac Sport Clinic, this procedure is performed as an outpatient basis