A recent study looked at 60 NHL professional hockey players who underwent hip arthroscopy for FAI in 69 hips. A total of 12 centers, 15 defensemen, 16 goalies, and 17 wings had surgery to treat their femoroacetabular impingement. This study showed that hockey players were able to continue playing for an average of 5.9 years after surgery. However, those players who continued to play 5 or more years after arthroscopy were significantly younger than those who did not. Additionally, athletes who played less than 5 years after arthroscopy had a longer average duration of symptoms before surgery when compared with those who played 5 or more years.
Source: American Journal of Sports Medicine, published online July 11, 2016