Arthroscopic Bursectomy for Recalcitrant Trochanteric Bursitis After Hip Arthroplasty


This study evaluated the use of arthroscopic bursectomy for pain relief in patients with trochanteric bursitis after hip arthroplasty. In this retrospective case series of 12 patients undergoing arthroscopic treatment of recalcitrant trochanteric bursitis after hip arthroplasty, outcomes were assessed via phone interview with a numeric pain rating scale from 1 to 10 and were compared with preoperative pain ratings. Patients were asked the percentage of time they had painless hip function and whether they would have the surgery again. At an average 36-month follow-up (range, 4–85 months), the average numeric pain scale rating improved from 9.3 to 3.3. At an average of 62% of the time, patients had painless use of the hip. Ten of 12 patients in the study felt the pain relief gained was substantial enough to warrant having procedure again. In these patients, arthroscopic bursectomy was a viable option for patients with recalcitrant bursitis after hip arthroplasty. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 22(2):143–147, 2013)

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Christopher Van Hofwegen, MD; Champ L. Baker III, MD; Carlton G. Savory, MD; and
Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD, FACS