1.1 Current evidence on the efficacy of arthroscopic femoro–acetabular surgery for hip impingement syndrome is adequate in terms of symptom relief in the short and medium term. With regard to safety, there are well recognised complications. Therefore this procedure may be used provided that normal arrangements are in place for clinical governance, consent and audit with local review of outcomes.
1.2 The British Hip Society is establishing a register for arthroscopic femoro–acetabular surgery for hip impingement syndrome and clinicians should submit details of all patients undergoing this procedure to the register once it is available. A prime purpose of the register is to provide information about long-term outcomes. It is important that both the register and other studies report details of patient selection to allow clear understanding of these outcomes.
1.3 Arthroscopic femoro–acetabular surgery for hip impingement syndrome should only be carried out by surgeons with specialist expertise in arthroscopic hip surgery.