FAI Hip Impingement (Femoro-acetabular Impingement)

FAI Hip Impingement Awareness facts - It is estimated that approximately 15% of the young, adult population have hip impingement, so who do you know that might have it?
Hip impingement causes painful labral tears within the hip socket.
Hip FAI symptoms are misleading to the average medical professional, as FAI hip impingement pain frequently presents as low back pain and interesting only 10% of back pain is ever clinically diagnosed and cured... Which begs the question what percentage is actually caused by hip FAI or hip impingement, as its otherwise known.
The more active you are, the more likely you are to trigger hip impingement symptoms, so busy mums and gym bunnies beware... but at least you're in good company as many premiere league football players have also suffered FAI hip pain.
Hip impingement is diagnosed through x-ray and labral tears are diagnosed through MRI arthograms - but both need to be read by hip consultants specifically trained in FAI hip impingement.
There are 60,000 hip replacements every year in the UK and it now appears that FAI hip impingement, over the years, could be the leading cause of hip osteoarthritis. A silent epidemic.
Hip arthroscopy can reduce the hip impingement and reattach the torn labrum to the hip socket. This surgery can eliminate the pain and disability caused by FAI hip impingement and divert the need for hip replacement in later life.

Also please feel welcome to join in our help and advice forum for support. We have 3 advising FAI expert hip surgeons, 3 PT/physios and a sports medicine doctor as well as the largest international FAI hip impingement forum on the net:

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Hip Arthroscopy rehab - day 8

Doing it again searching.. 'FAI' FAI pincer' 'hip Arthroscopy' 'hip pain' hip pain sitting' and my latest anxiety 'FAI impingment posteria'... I'm worrying whether Prof Schilders trimmed all the acetebular rim. I just assumed he would, but as its tumbleweed silence for weeks until follow up, I frankly have no idea what he's done. He could've removed my brain and filled my head with clangers and wombles for all I know!

It's just so much of my pain was on sitting and on/around my bottom (piriformis?) and I'm wondering, given my two beautiful teeny tiny scars at the front of my thigh, if he could even reach the posteria?!..Not saying I'm a bit porker by the way!

Seems to be most of this process is about terror and boredom! The anxiety waiting to see if someone can diagnose your agony = 6 yrs, the terror leading up to the op = 6 weeks and now the post op fears as I wait to be allowed to put pressure on my hip = least 1 month and get of crutches and no doubt the terror when you do and it hurts = ?!

Sorry I'm being negative and slightly schitzophrenic...but I have been staring at the same four walls for the most part of 8 days... think I'm going to venture out for a mini walk on my now very annoying crutches, see if I can blow away some cobwebs...and clangers and wombles?!


  1. Hang in there Louisa. You are still very early days for the type of surgery you've had. Are you able to call or email your surgeon's office and get them to send you a copy of your op notes? I have a copy of my op notes along with every single MRI, Xray and CT scan as well as the scans themselves on disk!
    Maybe if you could call them and just ask for him to have a chat to let you know what you should be expecting?
    Hope you're feeling better soon!

  2. I am really amazed at the difference in your recovery process and mine. My doc had me putting full weight by day 5 and your staying off for a month ! Your anxiety is pretty normal and I keep doing the same to see if maybe along the line I am magically going to start feeling horrible pain since thus far it has been extremely mild and easy. I wonder why the doctors have such a different recovery plan ? I am the same as Jess, I even have a disk of my entire surgery.

  3. God I just wrote a long reply to you guys and it got lost! I will contact my consultants secretary tomorrow, thank you. Jess I can't get back to you through your blog, your blog is blank. Hope you get this.
    Erin, I totally agree! I wonder if because my labrum was reattached read somewhere need to keep pressure of to allow to join back on? Was you acetabulum shaved also?

  4. Sorry Louisa, have been doing updates lately...should be up and running now :-)

  5. It was shaved as well as 3 bone spurs. I do believe the only difference we have is the labrum because mine was removed.

  6. wow! maybe i should've let him take mine away after all!