Sometimes, even with major changes in cartilage, the femoroacetabular impingement may not be very symptomatic. When there is no indication for preserving surgery, measures such as weight loss, moderate physical activity, physical therapy and pain medications can help control symptoms.

When symptoms start affecting the quality of life and are very disabling the alternative is placement of an artificial hip prosthesis (see section "Prosthetic reconstructive surgery"). Unlike patients with hip dysplasia (see section "What solution if you are unable to preserve your hip?") placement of the hip prosthesis has no additional technical difficulties.


fig. 1: Femoral head with well advanced lesions of osteoarthritis and ulcers in the cartilage. In this case

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