Cam and Pincer Decompression Surgical Technique

Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a condition resulting from bone overgrowth on the femoral head known as cam spurs and/or on the acetabulum known as pincer spurs. These bone spurs create abnormal contact in the hip joint and can result in damage to the articular cartilage and tearing of the labrum. Surgical treatment options for FAI consist of open, mini-open, and arthroscopic. An arthroscopic approach has proven favorable outcomes and safety compared to open and mini-open methods.1,2

When performing an arthroscopic repair for FAI, osteoplasty and rim trimming are done by shaving back the cam and/or pincer bone spurs to re-create normal bone shapes of the femoral head and acetabulum. CONMED’s Signature Series™ Pre-Bent Burs allow surgeons to access hard to reach areas within the joint space to successfully shave down the bone spurs. Accessing these areas with the pre-bent burs may also eliminate the need for a posterolateral portal.


Signature Series™ Blades and Burs

  • Designed exclusively for the hip
  • Increased precision for resection
  • Improved access into the joint


Ergo™ Shaver Handpiece 
  • Features: Bi-Directional Blade Insertion
  • Torque: 35 in-ounces
  • Max Speed: 12,000 RPM
  • Weight: 19.3 oz. evenly distributed


Edge™ Bipolar Arthroscopic RF System 

  • 50 Degree and 90 Degree extended length probes for the hip joint
  • Durable probes with one-piece electrode
  • Better visibility with increased suction

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