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Dedicated to patient care, we utilise the latest arthroscopic and minimally invasive techniques for the management of all hip and knee conditions; thereby facilitating the best recovery and outcome for patients from surgery.

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Pincer Impingement

Pincer Impingement

What is a pincer type femoral acetabular impingement (FAI)?

Femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) is ‘impingement’ or abnormal contact between the ball (femoral head) and socket (acetabulum) of the hip joint. The pincer lesion refers to the abnormally-shaped socket that excessively covers the femoral head, thus limiting the range of movement in the hip. When the femoral neck comes into abnormal contact (‘impinges’) with the edge of the hip socket, damage (or tears) to the cartilage along the rim of the socket (i.e., the labrum) or to the cartilage lining the socket (i.e., the articular cartilage) can result.

Treatment of pincer type FAI involves removing the pincer lesion and restoring normal bony anatomy. This prevents further impingement and the hip is protected from further damage. Range of motion is also improved. This treatment can be performed via minimally invasive keyhole surgery (hip arthroscopy).

  • Mechanism of Pincer impingement
    Mechanism of Pincer impingement
  • Acetabular osteochondroplasty
    Acetabular osteochondroplasty

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