If symptoms are left untreated, FAI will cause injury to the hip socket. This can lead to more pain, decreased function and the possible development of osteoarthritis. Over time, chances that the joint will worsen quickly increase. If this happens, the patient may need a total hip replacement. With treatment, patients are commonly able to return to prior activities with less pain.
For patients undergoing surgery, the long-term results of hip surgery is very good. Both endoscopic and open surgery typically result in improved hip function with less pain in even the most severe cases. Results can vary depending on how severe the disease is and the expectations of the patient.
FAI is a leading cause of arthritis in adults and some patients may develop arthritis later in life. Others may need a hip replacement in the future, depending on how bad the FAI was at the time of surgery.