The hip labrum is a ring of specialized cartilage that goes around the rim of the hip socket.  The labrum is an important structure for hip function, stability and health, as it creates a suction-seal, increases the depth of the joint, improves joint mechanics and modulates fluid movement inside the joint.  When the hip labrum is torn, it frequently causes pain in the groin or about the hip.  Not only does it cause pain, but labral tears also compromise the normal function of the hip joint, potentially leading to additional damage of the cartilage and hip joint.  The labrum can be repaired surgically using special anchors with attached sutures that are used to secure the torn labrum back to the rim of the socket.  Importantly, the cause of the labral tear must be addressed during the same surgery.  The most common causes of a torn labrum include bony abnormalities of the ball and socket parts of the hip joint, called cam and pincer deformities.  The cam and pincer bony deformities can be removed using a motorized burr.  Once the abnormal bone is removed, the ball and socket no longer contact each other abnormally, eliminating hip impingement. This allows the labrum to heal, reduces its chance at re-tearing and allows for a return to function without pain.