Uses an arthroscopic procedure to treat a torn labrum. A tiny camera and specialised tools are used to trim and repair any damage.

Hip Labral Tear Surgery

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How do you know if you need hip labral tear surgery?

The labrum is a special type of cartilage that lines the hip socket. It stabilises the hip joint and helps the ball and socket motion to function smoothly. Labral tears are usually caused by sudden injury from sports that involve sharp movement such as AFL, soccer, skiing and netball. It can also be caused by an abnormal bone growth in the hip joint, or wear and tear. Once damaged, the labrum is unlikely to repair itself and can cause deep groin pain, difficulty walking and an uncomfortable hip locking sensation.

There are some non-surgical treatments available to manage the symptoms such as pain relief, rest and physiotherapy, but once imaging has confirmed the tear your doctor may recommend surgery as a way to relieve pain and restore function. During the procedure, the torn labrum is reattached using special stitches and anchors that will hold it in place. Any structural abnormalities or loose tissue can also be treated at the same time.

General recovery times

Labral tears and any underlying causes can often be treated with arthroscopic surgery. This procedure uses a tiny camera and tools to investigate and repair deep inside the hip joint. Depending on the extent of the operation, it may be possible to leave hospital the same day although there will be some pain and discomfort after surgery. This is a completely normal part of the healing process and you will be provided with medication and ice packs to help with any swelling, as well as crutches to help you get around.

A physiotherapist will provide you with a personalised recovery program and within two weeks you should be able to walk independently without any assistance. Prolonged standing, bending or heavy lifting should be avoided as this can aggravate the area. Sport can resume after the first four weeks but should be restricted to low impact activity such as swimming and cycling.


To best prepare for hip labral tear surgery at St Vincent’s Private Hospitals, it's essential to follow your orthopaedic specialist's guidelines closely. This may include undergoing specific pre-operative tests, adjusting or discontinuing certain medications, and engaging in pre-surgery physical therapy to strengthen the hip area. Additionally, preparing your home environment to facilitate post-surgery mobility, such as placing frequently used items within easy reach and considering safety aids like handrails, can be beneficial.

Hip Labral Tear Surgery FAQs

Hip labral tear surgery, a meticulous procedure tailored to each patient's unique needs, typically spans between 1 to 2 hours. At St Vincent’s Private Hospitals, our orthopaedic specialists ensure that every surgery is conducted with precision and care, ensuring the best outcomes for our patients.
Recovery from hip labral tear surgery is a journey, and the duration can vary for each individual. Most patients find themselves up and walking without any assistance by 2 weeks. By the 4-6 week mark, many experience significant improvement and can resume light activities. By the 3-month milestone, many patients navigate their daily tasks with ease. It's essential to remember that maintaining strength and flexibility, such as through regular walking, can expedite the recovery process. Our dedicated orthopaedic team is with you every step of the way, offering guidance tailored to your unique needs.
Hip labral tear surgery is one of the advanced medical procedures that has shown remarkable success rates. At St Vincent’s Private Hospitals, our orthopaedic specialists utilise the latest techniques to ensure optimal outcomes.
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