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Data presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine suggested that approximately 80 percent of athletes who had arthroscopic surgery to repair impingement in the hip socket were able to return to their sports of choice, including running, at an average of 9 months after surgery.
That's good news for runners, who are notoriously frustrated by injuries and layoffs. Nine months sounds like a long time, but hip surgery is a big deal.
Femoro-acetabular impingement, also known as FAI, occurs in some people who have a bump on the upper thigh that keeps the hip joint from moving freely. Doctors are becoming more aware of this problem, which is characterized by hip pain and reduced range of motion. If left untreated, hip arthritis can develop.
Here's a quote from Dr. Bryan Kelly, of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY, who presented the study at the meeting:
“Although technically challenging, appropriately performed arthroscopic surgery results in less soft tissue trauma, less blood loss, shorter hospitalizations, and likely provides a faster return to a full recovery,” Dr. Kelly said.
The idea of less invasive surgery is encouraging. If you have hip pain, whether or not it is due to running, do your homework and talk to specialists about your surgical options.