2003 was a landmark year. Dr. Byrd first met Professor Reinhold Ganz from Bern, Switzerland, when they spoke together on a program in Helsinki, Finland. In that same year, Professor Ganz published his landmark article on femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) as a cause of osteoarthritis. For arthroscopic surgeons, it quickly became evident that this FAI was a cause of many of the joint problems that were being encountered long before the patients or athletes actually developed osteoarthritis.
This was a game changer for the role of arthroscopy. Now surgeons could start to identify and treat the underlying etiology in addition to addressing the damage it caused. Early debridement procedures evolved into restorative operations, reshaping the bone to correct the FAI and repairing the labrum and other structures to provide more durable, long-term results.