Hip Labral Tear: Surgery & Recovery

How to fix a torn labrum in the hip

While most labral hip tears don’t require surgery, cases that don’t resolve with conservative treatment might need to be treated with arthrosopic surgery. This minimally invasive procedure prevents damage to the surrounding tissues, resulting in shorter recovery times, reducing pain, and minimizing the risk of complications. During this operation, your surgeon will make several small incisions surrounding your hip, inserting a camera through one of them to view the damaged labrum and operating on it through the other with small medical instruments. Your surgeon will then repair the damaged cartilage, reattaching it to the bone with bioabsorbable anchors to ensure the joint’s stability.


While the success rate for labral tear hip surgery is high, you’ll still have some restrictions following surgery. Most patients can walk and engage in low-impact physical activity immediately after surgery, but you’ll need to avoid bearing your full weight on the joint for several weeks. We’ll also connect you with a physical therapist who will follow our detailed rehabilitation program, ensuring proper healing while rebuilding the muscles in your core, legs, and hip.

You’ll follow up with your surgeon in the week following the surgery, and then monthly after that to confirm that your recovery is proceeding smoothly. Within eight to twelve weeks, most patients should nearly completely recover, though athletes might experience a slight decline in performance.



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