Return to Driving After Hip Arthroscopy: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Roy Assaf, Ilan Mitchnik, Yiftah Beer, Gabriel Agar, Eran Tamir, Dror Lindner, Ron Gilat*

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Background: Hip arthroscopy is an increasingly common procedure; however, recommendations for safely returning to driving after hip arthroscopy vary among surgeons. Purpose: To systematically review and analyze the current available evidence on the optimal time to safely return to driving after hip arthroscopy. Study Design: Systematic review; Level of evidence, 3. Methods: A systematic review and meta-analysis was performed in accordance with the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) guidelines. Two authors independently conducted a literature search throughout August 2021 using the PubMed, Google Scholar, Embase, and Cochrane databases. A total of 1425 articles were reviewed, and 5 articles were included. All included articles used brake reaction time (BRT) as an observer-reported outcome measure. A meta-analysis was performed to compare pre- and postoperative BRT values. Study sample sizes and mean BRT values were collected per each included study. First, data were analyzed for the right and left hips combined; then, a subgroup analysis stratified by laterality was performed. The BRT values were divided according to time periods of measurement: preoperatively and 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks postoperatively. Results: The included studies evaluated safety to return to driving after hip arthroscopy in 160 patients. Of these, 142 patients were treated for femoroacetabular impingement, while 18 patients underwent hip arthroscopy for other diagnoses. The mean weighted age was 33.7 ± 9.0 years, 47.5% of the patients were female, and the right hip was affected in 71.2%. The preoperative range of BRT was 566 to 1960 ms, and postoperative BRT range was 567 to 1840 ms at 1 to 2 weeks and 523 to 1860 ms at 3 to 12 weeks. Meta-analysis found the studies to be moderately heterogenic (P =.06). There were no statistically significant differences in BRT between the preoperative period and at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks postoperatively. Conclusion: Return to driving is likely safe as early as 2 to 4 weeks after right-sided hip arthroscopy, and 2 weeks after a left-sided procedure, as driving performance returns to the preoperative level. Registration: CRD42021274460 (PROSPERO identifier).

Original languageEnglish
JournalOrthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2022


  • drive
  • femoroacetabular impingement
  • hip
  • hip arthroscopy
  • return to driving


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