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:

Monday, 1 April 2013

The best FAI hip surgeons

Top/Best FAI hip surgeons in your area.

Find the best FAI hip surgeon you can, if you have FAI hip impingement. This is THE most important decision you will make, if you are considering having a hip arthroscopy (FAI surgery), or suspect you have FAI hip impingement.
I can not stress the importance of selecting the best FAI hip surgeon enough. This is a new surgery (hip arthroscopy) and there are literally only a 'handful' of hip surgeons, in each country, able to perform FAI surgery/hip arthroscopy competently.

I am repeatedly asked to recommend the best FAI hip impingement surgeons for hip arthroscopy... I can share the names I know to be good, mainly through repeated good results and some of these best FAI hip surgeons, I have also met.  I hope this helps. This is not a full list of the top FAI surgeons by no means, but a good start.

I would also strongly recommend you visit the facebook page I created: 'Best FAI hip surgeons reviews' for a more comprehensive search for your area and personal with recommendations from ex FAI hip patients:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/BestHipSurgeonsReviews/

Top fai surgeons for ENGLAND/UK, I would consider the following as the best FAI Hip surgeons: (not all of which are NHS)

LONDON, England, Paul Jairaj, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon:

Contact: http://www.31oldbroadstreet.co.uk/consultant_det/mr-paul/

About: http://www.sportsortho.co.uk/our-specialists/mr-paul-jairaj
[Personally, I strongly recommend Paul Jairaj, I had 2 further hip arthroscopys with this surgeon, he has fixed my left hip and tried to rectify the failed op on my right, initially treated by a previous surgeon. I found his technique, skill and attitude head and shoulders above my previous experience. Very cutting edge.]

NORTH WEST England, Manchester & Chorley, Aslam Mohammed, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon * Also NHS:

Has a very good reputation and is well practised. Didn't find him very personable, as he insisted on only talking to my husband and not me?!  HOWEVER this surgeon has a very good reputation for good surgery.

NORTH England, Harrogate, Jon Conroy, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon*Also NHS:

Very good reputation, cautious and thought through approach. Good communicator.

MIDLANDS England, Coventry, Professor Griffin:

Excellent reputation, military manner, so can be difficult to have a Q and A session. Incredibly thorough. Only downside is difficultly in getting appointments. Also has the best surgeon's hip arthroscopy rehab section on his website.

EAST ANGLIA England, Cambridge, Richard Villar, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon *possibly NHS, worth checking:

Another excellent reputation, as one of the pioneer hip arthroscopists, although initially in soft tissue, he later moved towards FAI also. Great reputation, only downside is that once you are post op, you're only seen by his fellows, so if there are any issues, they maybe harder to fix, without direct contact.

SOUTH WEST England, Exeter, Matthew Wilson, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon *NHS:

A newer face on the FAI block, but one who is coming with a good reputation.

LONDON Johan Witt, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon *NHS:

If you think/have been told you may have dysplasia also, that is a more complicated issue. It does sometimes co-exist with FAI. The difficulty is finding a surgeon who deals with 'both' (a rarity) One surgeon I know of, who comes with an outstanding reputation, for which people will travel, is Johan Witt in London. Patients report he also has a good manner with them and he is well able to deal with dysplasia and FAI.

I know less detail for the names of the best FAI Hip Surgeons outside of the UK, however here are the key names for you to research and these FAI Hip Surgeons are of such reputation (world players) that you will be in safe hands, they also may be able to recommend some of their own, trained, ex fellows, who may happen to be in your area also:

Best fai surgeons for the USA, I would consider the following as the top FAI Hip surgeons:

VAIL, COLORADO: Phillipon know for being the best FAI hip surgeon, or one of...  :http://drmarcphilipponmd.com/contact/

NEW YORK, NY: Brian Kelly, ditto above: http://bryankellymd.com/

NEW YORK, NY: Robert Buly, Another pioneering FAI Hip Surgeon:

NASHVILLE, TN: Thomas Byrd: One of the very best FAI Hip surgeons: http://www.nsmoc.com/dr-thomas-byrd-orthopedic-surgeon-nashville.html

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Thomas Sampson, One of the best FAI hip surgeons, known for sometimes doing both hips at once: http://www.hiparthroscopy.net/

MINNESOTA, MA: Christopher Larson: Top FAI Hip surgeon. Has some cutting edge ideas on FAI surgery approach: http://www.christopherlarsonmd.com/

REDWOOD CITY, CA: Marc Safran. Another FAI surgical leader:

CHICAGO, IL: Dr Shane Nho: Coming strongly recommended from a very good number of ex patients on forums:

CHICAGO, IL: Dr Birmingham: Multiple recommendations from ex patients on the Hip Impingement Awareness forum & best FAI Hip surgeons forum:

MELBOURNE, Australia's best known pioneering FAI Hip Surgeon. John O'Donnell: http://www.hiparthroscopyaustralia.com.au/contact


*Also educate yourself about your condition, talk to fellow sufferers on forums:

*A new book that I can recommend that comprehensively details FAI's ins and outs is: The Entrepreneurial Patient: A Patient's Guide to Hip Impingement by an ex patient of FAI, Anna Lena Thomas. www.theentrepreneurialpatient.com