The Pink Pad: A Method of Post-Free Distraction During Hip Arthroscopy

Arthrosc Tech. 2021 Jul 13;10(8):e1897-e1902. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2021.04.013. eCollection 2021 Aug.


Distraction is essential during hip arthroscopy to allow for adequate working space during central and peripheral compartment procedures. Pudendal posts are frequently used with traction boots to achieve distraction, but use of these posts is believed to be associated with the iatrogenic pudendal area and perineal nerve injuries seen with hip arthroscopy. Current post-free distraction tables are costly and cumbersome. The pink pad positioning device allows for post-free distraction through the creation of friction between the patient, the pad, and the bed. This device can be used with a standard hip arthroscopy table, is easy to learn, allows for adequate distraction, and allows for greater access to the femoral neck during osteochondroplasty, as there is less restriction of the patient's range of motion without a post present. The purpose of this Technical Note is to describe a method of post-free distraction using the pink pad positioning device.