Article Abstract

Outerbridge grade IV cartilage lesions in the hip identified at arthroscopy

Authors: Michael McLean, Tony Whyte, Neal L. Millar


The utilization of hip arthroscopy continues to increase in both volume and scope within clinical practice (1) and can be used as a diagnostic or therapeutic intervention. Established indications for hip arthroscopy include but are not limited to diagnosis or treatment of; acetabular labral injuries, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), chondral lesions, synovial pathologies including rheumatoid arthritis and synovial chondromatosis, removal of loose bodies, ligamentum teres tears and extra-articular pathologies such as trochanteric bursitis, gluteus medius/minimus tears and psoas tendinopathy (2). Importantly the evidence base to guide many if not all of these indications remains to be elucidated.