An Overview of Femoroplasty for Cam Impingement
Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a hip condition commonly found in young adults involved in sports. FAI causes abnormal contact between the femoral head (ball) and acetabulum (socket), leading to pain, swelling and joint degeneration. FAI has different names in the medical field depending on which bone where the abnormality is located. Cam impingement describes the abnormality at the head-neck junction often leading to a bony bump that causes the femoral head (ball) to not be completely round. Because of this, the ball cannot rotate smoothly inside the acetabulum (socket) leading to impingement of the anterolateral hip. If a patient in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area suffers from cam impingement, a femoroplasty may be required. Dr. Jervis Yau, orthopedic hip surgeon, specializes in femoroplasty, a cam impingement surgery designed to alleviate painful symptoms associated with impingement.
Cam impingement often leads to damaged labrum and cartilage over time. If left untreated it can lead to progressive degeneration leading to early onset hip arthritis.
In order to determine if a patient requires cam impingement surgery, Dr. Yau will perform a thorough physical examination. Certain patients may find relief with conservative measures, such as rest, activity modifications and physical therapy aimed at strengthening the hip’s core muscles.