When preparing for hip arthroscopy, the surgeon formulates a tentative treatment plan based on the preliminary diagnosis. However, the definitive treatment strategy will be dictated by the findings observed at arthroscopy. With the current limitations of investigative techniques, the arthroscopic findings may differ significantly from those implied by the preopera-tive studies. Thus, a systematic and thorough initial inspection of the joint is imperative. Once all aspects of the intraarticular pathology have been identified, the surgeon can then embark on intervention with
FIGURE 10.17. Neutral rotation of the operative hip is essential for protection of the sciatic nerve during placement of the posterolateral portal. (Courtesy of Smith & Nephew Endoscopy, Andover, MA.)
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