Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Iliotibial Band Release for External Coxa Saltans: A Cadaveric Study

J Ultrasound Med. 2021 Oct;40(10):2213-2217. doi: 10.1002/jum.15595. Epub 2020 Dec 19.


The surgical treatment of external coxa saltans is not standardized. Many techniques for iliotibial release have been described, both open and arthroscopic. No technique describes ultrasound release. In this cadaveric study, we describe a minimally invasive technique for percutaneous iliotibial release with ultrasound guidance, designed to be performed under local anesthesia. The future objective would be to perform an active intraoperative test of the snapping hip to confirm adequate release, thus reducing the risk of recurrence.

Keywords: external coxa saltans; iliotibial band; minimally invasive; snapping hip; ultrasound-guided surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Cadaver
  • Hip Joint
  • Hip*
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases*
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional