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Femoroacetabular Osteoplasty

What is Femoroacetabular Osteoplasty (FAO)?

Femoroacetabular osteoplasty is the surgical reshaping of the protruding bony surface of the femur or acetabulum of the hip joint. FAO is performed arthroscopically as a minimally invasive procedure. An arthroscope is a small, fiber-optic instrument consisting of a lens, light source, and video camera. The camera projects images of the inside of the joint onto a monitor, allowing your surgeon to look for damage, assess the type of injury and perform needed repairs. 

Indications

FAO is indicated for femoroacetabular impingement, abnormal growth of the femur (ball) or the acetabulum (socket) of your hip joint, causing the bones to rub against each other. The common symptoms of femoroacetabular impingement include pain and stiffness in the groin, hip and thigh region, lower-back pain and an inability to bend the hip.

Preparation

Your doctor will advise you on any medications you need to stop taking prior to the procedure. You should tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medicines or anesthesia. Your medical history will be taken, and tests may be conducted such as X-ray, CT-scan or MRI. Certain blood tests may also be ordered.  

Surgical Procedure

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and includes the following steps:

Complications of the Surgery

Complications are rare but can occur with any surgery and can include:

Recovery after Surgery

Your rehabilitation protocol may include:

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