Our Process

Abductor Repair or Reconstruction is performed when non-operative measures, such as physiotherapy and injection, have failed to significantly improve a patient’s symptoms. A symptom of Hip Abductor Dysfunction means the pelvis tilts abnormally when the gluteal muscles do not work properly. This puts a lot of strain on the body and although the first port of call for Abductor Dysfunction is physiotherapy (sometimes paired with an injection for pain relief), but if symptoms fail to improve then surgery may be necessary.



Step 1

Following a consultation with Mr Datta, you will be given a date for surgery.


Step 2

You will be called by one of our nursing staff who will conduct a pre-assessment within 2 weeks of your surgery for blood tests and a medical examination


Step 3

Abductor Repair or Reconstruction is often performed as an open procedure, although it can be performed arthroscopically (key-hole surgery)under general anesthetic. An open procedure involves exposure of the gluteal tendons – gluteus minimus and medius, debridement (or cleaning) of the tendons is performed followed by debridement of the bone where the tendons are attached. The bone is shaved to stimulate bleeding which in turn aids the healing and health of the bone.


Step 4

Following surgery you will be on crutches for 6 weeks and will be partially weight bearing. This means that you won’t be able to put all of your body weight through the operated leg.


Step 5

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Step 6

A strict hip abductor strengthening programme will be commenced with your physiotherapists.

Treatment Options

Hip/Knee Surgery’s

frequently asked questions

What is an abductor repair?
Hip abductor tendon repair is a procedure designed to treat painful tendinosis and tearing of the hip abductor tendons. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes 1 – 2 hours
What does a torn abductor feel like?
The symptoms include pain and tenderness over the lateral aspect of the hip, which may aggravate with activities such as running, climbing stairs, prolonged sitting or walking, and lying on the affected side of the hip.
What are the abductor tendons of the hip?
The gluteus medius and minimus are commonly referred to as the hip abductors. Tears of the hip abductor tendons are increasingly recognised as causes for chronic hip dysfunction and pain