Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2017; 21(05): 529-538
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1606131
Review Article
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Postoperative Imaging after Impingement Surgery

Tobias Johannes Dietrich1, 2, Karl Grob3, Chan-Hi Olaf Kim1
  • 1Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen, Gallen, Switzerland
  • 2Department of Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen, Gallen, Switzerland
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Publication Date:
12 October 2017 (online)


In addition to the patient's medical history and clinical evaluation, conventional radiographs and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are important tools to indicate appropriate conservative treatment or even revision surgery in patients with symptoms after surgical management of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). We present an overview of current evidence in postoperative imaging after impingement surgery. Undercorrection of the underlying osseous FAI configuration is the most frequent indication for revision surgery within the first 2 years after index FAI surgery. Femoral neck fractures, iatrogenic chondral injuries, early conversion to total hip arthroplasty, loose bodies, and heterotopic ossifications are rare but typical early complications after surgical treatment of FAI. Abnormal MRI findings after FAI surgery such as intra-articular adhesions, labral tears, cartilage defects, and anterior capsular defects are common findings in both asymptomatic and symptomatic postoperative patients. Avascular necrosis of the femoral head is an extremely rare complication after surgical treatment of FAI.