Dr. Marc Philippon’s Study on Femoroacetabular Impingement Treatment in Adolescents Published on PubMed

Dr. Marc Philippon, orthopedic hip surgeon and partner with the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, is an expert in femoroacetabular hip impingement.  His study on treating the condition arthroscopically in adolescents was recently accepted and published on PubMed.

PubMed represents independent, critical assessment of medical conditions, treatments, and patient outcomes.  These studies are an integrated part of all scholarly medical work and an important part to validate one’s research.

The purpose of this particular study was to evaluate clinical outcomes after treatment for femoroacetabular impingement in the pediatric and adolescent population with a minimum of 2 years’ follow-up.  The mean age for the study (at the time of surgery) was 15 years old.  Patients range in age from 11 to 16 years. 69% of the patients in the study were girls, 31% were boys.

The conclusions that were made during this study indicate that hip arthroscopy in the pediatric and adolescent population is a safe procedure, with excellent clinical outcomes at 2 to 5 years. In this study there was an association between alpha angle and age. Clinical scores showed a significant improvement after surgery; however, 13% of patients did require a second procedure for capsulolabral adhesions.

Peer reviewed publications are considered the gold standards about how to best treat patients with medical problems.  Researchers must include details about the scientific progress used, as well as insight into the investigation and outcomes.

To see the full study:  Outcomes 2 to 5 years following hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement in the patient aged 11 to 16 years