Labral repair is the second-most common arthroscopic procedure performed in our office after FAI.
Just 10 years ago, recovery from the surgery required a 5- to 7-day stay at the hospital, but with our 'no-narcotic', rapid rehabilitation protocols, we have been able to safely release patients back home on an outpatient basis (generally about four hours after completion of the operation). Today, patients who stay in the hospital (inpatients) are commonly ready for discharge on the first or second day after surgery. The procedure is performed in a full-service hospital, rather than an outpatient center, with vascular surgeons, interventional radiology, blood bank, etc. readily available in the unlikely event of a complication.
Patients are now offered a bikini incision to help minimize the visual appearance of scar.