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Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI) Repair

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Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI) repair is used to restore full range of motion to the ball head of the femoral bone (located within the socket of the pelvic bone).  Femoral acetabular impingement causes pain, inflammation, swelling and decreased hip joint motion. Surgery is often a viable option for treatment and allows patients to fully recover and resume sporting and exercise routines.

There are two types of femoral acetabular impingement.

  • The first is referred to as a cam-type impingement and is caused by excess bone formation around the ball or neck of the femur.
  • The second kind is known as a pincer-type impingement and is a result of overgrowth of the acetabular socket rim or if the socket is angled improperly, creating impact damage between the femur and socket. This can lead to serious damage of the cartilage and labrum that provide cushioning between the femur and pelvic bone.