As discussed on the page on hip impingement, one of the problems seen as part of this process is damage to the joint surface at the junction of the labrum and hip socket rim (acetabulum). This is called the chondro-labral junction.

The sequence of events in hip impingement (FAI- femoro-acetabular impingement) is:

  1. Bony Deformity (CAM or Pincer lesion-excess bone around the hip) resulting in;
  2. Labral tear or detachment, resulting in;
  3. Exposed chondro-labral junction, resulting in;
  4. Cartilage damage

Removing the bone spur causing the impingement and repairing the labrum is relatively straightforward. However, the cartilage damage is an ongoing source of pain and left untreated will lead to a poor outcome.


Our clinic uses a revolutionary new procedure utilising the patients own stem cells. We treat impingement and repair the labrum. We then harvest stem cells from the pelvis, and using a variety of techniques, implant the cells onto a membrane to cover the defective or damaged joint surface.

The procedure involves taking bone marrow cells from the pelvis (containing Mesenchymal Stem Cells – MSCs) and concentrating them in the operating theatre to give a large number of cells in a small volume to fluid.

These cells are then placed on a membrane and implanted into the joint surface defect.

Image showing the Biological scaffold, the microscopic image shows the fibres allowing in-growth of cells.

I want to thank Mr. Datta for taking such good care of me during both hip replacement procedures. It was my first major surgery and he helped calm my nerves. Both surgeries were successful and the after care was excellent. I am now completely pain free and able to do things I was not able to do for a number of years.

S Kirby

I must say my overall experience at Spire under Mr Datta was first class and I am very grateful to all involved

Peter L

My care and treatment has been excellent. From my first consultation through to my surgery, I have been kept well informed and have had all the information I’ve needed to ensure the surgery went well and that I make a speedy recovery. I would highly recommend Mr Datta.

Mr King

I had a total knee replacement done and had the best care. Yes did experience a long wait to go to surgery but that's expected in most hospitals. Was in for 3 days and couldn't fault the care, nurses and cleanliness of the hospital. Lovely food. One nurse in particular always managed to make me smile

P Elliott

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