Hip Surgery for Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome (FAI)

Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) syndrome is a diagnosis in primarily younger individuals where relatively minor abnormalities in the joint (orientation or morphology) are thought to cause friction/impingement and pain. Surgical correction of the impinging deformities is believed to alleviate the symptoms and retard the progression of osteoarthritis degeneration. Hip surgery is an invasive procedure to correct FAI using either an open surgery or arthroscopic approach.

The State Health Technology Clinical Committee (HTCC) reviewed hip surgery for Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) on November 18, 2011. The committees determination, based on a systematic review of the evidence of safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness, is that hip surgery for FAI is not a covered benefit. Complete information on this HTCC determination is available here: https://www.hca.wa.gov/about-hca/health-technology-assessment/femoroacetabular-impingement-fai-syndrome

Coverage decision: Not Covered (Effective date December 1, 2011).

Billing codes

CPT© codes: 29914 and 29915


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