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2023 Mar




Editorial Commentary: Minimizing Traction Force and Time as Well as Application of Specific Technical Pearls Might Trump the Importance of Choosing Between Post or Postless Hip Arthroscopy With Regards to Complications.


Recently, there has been a trend toward performing hip arthroscopy without a post (postless) in an effort to decrease perineal post-related complications. Previous studies have revealed a variable risk of pudendal nerve neuralgia and perineal soft-tissue injury when using a post. There is emerging evidence that arthroscopic hip procedures can be done without the use of a post, with less traction force on the perineal region, and with adequate exposure to safely accomplish a well-done femoroacetabular impingement corrective procedure. Prospective comparative studies with conclusive evidence of the superiority of either technique, however, are lacking. Complications with a post are likely associated with high traction forces, prolonged traction times, and potentially suboptimal technique and patient positioning. In addition, postless traction is in its infancy and new adverse events/outcomes are likely to emerge. There are likely specific situations and patient populations in which one technique might be superior to the other. We are the carpenters of medicine and rather than blaming our tools and throwing out a technique that has served us well for decades, we should better understand some important pearls and pitfalls that might allow either method to be safely performed.