[quote]Skeptical and cautious wrote:
In my observational experience this is a moderately risky low yield procedure. The equivalent rest , recovery and rehab period of non surgical care yields similar or better results. Don't talk yourself into surgery if you can help it.
Your experience may differ. Good luck.[/quote
As much as I can appreciate you being skeptical about surgery, labral tears do not heal without surgery. They simply don't. Especially anything that is significant. Also, MOST labral tears are caused by impingement (which is a bone deformity) and obviously will not heal without surgery. No amount of rest or PT is going to change the shape of your bone. If you don't do something about it, you are setting yourself up for not only continuous/slow damage from any activity involving hip flexion, but also an ugly case of arthritis and chronic pain further down the road which will DEFINITELY not be easily fixed by that point. Surgery is not for everyone, nor is every doctor good at what he does. But if you are willing to do the research and find someone you can trust and have some faith in, it's not always the negative experience it's made out to be.
Hip arthroscopy is much less dramatic than needing a full hip replacement 20-25 years later. Which would you rather recover from? Or I guess you could just live in pain and discomfort on a daily basis. I guess that's also an option.