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Postless Hip Arthroscopy: Reducing postoperative pain and nerve complications

Postless Hip Arthroscopy: Reducing postoperative pain and nerve complications
Postless Hip Arthroscopy: Reducing postoperative pain and nerve complications

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can provide relief for patients suffering from a variety of hip conditions. While the benefits of hip arthroscopy are numerous, there are risks involved, particularly when it comes to nerve-related complications and pain. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of proper technique in reducing these risks with post-less hip arthroscopy.

What is post-less hip arthroscopy?

Post-less hip arthroscopy is a newer technique that eliminates the need for a intraoperative traction of the leg against a padded post. This allows for quicker recovery and better overall outcomes for patients, while reducing the risk of nerve-related complications and pain.

Reducing nerve-related complications

One of the main benefits of post-less hip arthroscopy is the elimination of postoperative nerve-related complications. During traditional hip arthroscopy, damage to the pelvic nerves can occur due to the pressure placed on the nerves during traction against a post for long periods of time. This can result in symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and pain in the outer thigh region. In post-less hip arthroscopy, a specially designed hip distraction system is used to hold the hip joint distracted without the need for a perineal post, reducing the risk of nerve damage and minimizing postoperative nerve-related complications.

Improving postoperative pain

In addition to reducing nerve-related complications, post-less hip arthroscopy also aims to decrease post-operative pain and improve overall patient outcomes. With traditional hip arthroscopy with traction against a post, patients may experience discomfort and pain around the pelvis, as well as in the hip joint itself. By using a post-less approach, patients can experience less pain and a faster recovery time, allowing them to return to their normal activities sooner.


Overall, post-less hip arthroscopy offers a number of benefits, including a reduced risk of nerve-related complications and decreased postoperative pain. Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, an experienced hip arthroscopy surgeon, offers post-less hip arthroscopy to his patients. Patients can expect a smoother recovery process and improved outcomes following surgery. If you are considering hip arthroscopy for the treatment of a hip condition, be sure to discuss the option of post-less surgery with your healthcare provider to determine if it is the right choice for you.

At Mayo Clinic, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we are committed to providing personalized care and innovative treatments to help athletes reach their full potential. To learn more about hip arthroscopy and our comprehensive orthopedic services, schedule a consultation with Dr. Okoroha today. Seeing patients from Minneapolis, St. Paul, Plymouth, Edina, Minnetonka, Rochester and Minnesota.