The Benefits of Postless Hip Arthroscopy

Stryker Pivot Guardian

Postless Hip Arthroscopy

If you’re living with chronic hip pain due to femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and/or labral tear and non-surgical treatments haven’t sufficed, you may be best off with surgery. While traditionally labral tears and FAI have been treated with surgical hip dislocation and more recently hip arthroscopy, a newer technique of hip arthroscopy has further progressed the field; postless hip arthroscopy.

Postless hip arthroscopy provides a minimally-invasive approach to addressing common and painful hip problems, including labral tears, hip instability, and femoroacetabular impingement. The procedure allows the surgeon to perform standard and advanced hip arthroscopy procedures without the additional risk of injury to the perineum and genital area from prolonged traction. Additionally risk of nerve injury can be greatly reduced.  To find out if you’re a good candidate for postless hip arthroscopy, call Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine or request an appointment on our website.

A lower risk of complications

Rather than pulling on your leg for traction or inserting a padded post, as is done during more invasive hip surgery, hip arthroscopy allows your doctor to easily maneuver small instruments into your joint through tiny incisions in a more natural position. This makes way for a smoother overall process and fewer complications.

Up to 10% of people who undergo conventional hip surgery experience numbness in the groin area. Other potential complications include nerve damage that can be transient or permanent as well as damage to the sensitive genital soft tissues. Postless arthroscopic hip surgery helps you avoid many if not all of these potential complications. 

At Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, we use the Pink Hip Kit by Xodus Medical or Pivot Guardian System by Stryker. Their positioning systems help eliminate the need for a perineal post and therefore decrease related skin or nerve injury to the perineal and genital areas. The patented materials protect your skin and trials have shown that the systems allow for standard and advanced hip arthroscopy procedurse such as labral repair and labral reconstruction to be performed without the use of a post.

Advancing Procedures

With the decreased risk of injury without the use of the perineal post, postless hip arthroscopy allows your surgeon to perform increasingly complex surgeries such as labral reconstruction, capsular plication and capsular reconstruction without increased risk of nerve or perineal injury. 

Additionally, use of postless hip arthroscopy has allowed surgeons to combine this technique seamlessly with periacetabular osteotomy for hip dysplasia and has been described by one of our very own surgeons.

Learn more about postless hip arthroscopy by reaching out to Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine today. We would love to help you make the best possible decisions for your health and wellbeing.

Dr. Dustin Woyski Orthopedic Surgeon and Hip Specialist

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