Arthroscopic Surgery for Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)


Arthroscopic surgery for femoral-acetabular impingement, or FAI, is a minimally invasive procedure utilized to correct problems associated with the hip joint. FAI conditions treatable by orthopedic surgeons include: torn labrums and damaged articular cartilage amongst others.


While general anesthesia may be needed on occasion, the patient is always positioned so the hip is clearly visible to the surgeon while they receive a sedative and local numbing agent.

Accessing the Joint

The front side of the hip joint will receive two to five small incisions for an arthroscopic camera and various surgical tools.

Examining the Joint

Expanding fluid will be injected into the space around the hip joint for a better view to diagnose the potential damage in the hip.

Repairing the Joint

When a diagnosis is made, the surgeon will take corrective actions. Joint repairs may take one or more of the following actions: filing down bony growths, repairing a labrum tear, or removing loose cartilage.

End of Procedure and After Care

The incisions are closed, the hip is bandaged and the patient ill be given pain medication following the surgery. They’ll be able to return home the same day.

Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery in Chicago, IL

If you’re hip joint is causing mobility restrictions and varying levels of pain, it may be time to seek orthopedic help from the professionals at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. We’ll closely monitor your condition to make the correct diagnosis so we can get you on a path to recovery. Contact an IBJI location today for hip joint treatment near you.