ePoster #310 - ISHA Annual Scientific Meeting 2016

Hip Capsular Closure: A Biomechanical Analysis Of Failure Torque

Jorge Chahla, MD, Vail, CO UNITED STATES
Jacob D. Mikula, BS, Vail, CO UNITED STATES
Jason M. Schon, BS, Vail, CO UNITED STATES
Chase S. Dean, MD, Vail, CO UNITED STATES
Travis James Menge, MD, Vail, CO UNITED STATES
Eduardo Soares, MD BRAZIL
Travis Turnbull, Vail, CO UNITED STATES
Robert F. LaPrade, MD, PhD, Vail, CO UNITED STATES
Marc J. Philippon, MD, Vail, CO UNITED STATES

Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail, CO, UNITED STATES

FDA Status Not Applicable

Summary: This study presents an in-vitro biomechanical investigation on the failure torque of one, two and three suture repair constructs for arthroscopic hip capsular closure of an anterosuperior inter-portal capsulotomy.

Background: Hip capsulotomy is routinely performed during arthroscopic surgery to achieve adequate exposure of the joint. Iatrogenic instability can result after hip arthroscopy due to capsular insufficiency, which can be avoided with an effective closure of the hip capsule. There is currently no consensus in the literature regarding the optimal quantity of sutures upon capsular closure to achieve maximal stability postoperatively.

Purpose/Hypothesis: The purpose of this study was to determine the strength of one-, two-, and three-suture constructs for hip capsular closure to resist external rotation and extension following a standard anterosuperior inter-portal capsulotomy (12 to 3 o’clock). Additionally, the degree of external rotation at which the suture constructs failed was recorded. The null hypothesis of this study was that no significant failure torque differences would be found between the three repair constructs.

Methods: Nine pairs (n = 18) of fresh-frozen human cadaveric hemi-pelvises underwent anterosuperior inter-portal capsulotomies, which were repaired with one, two, or three side-to-side sutures. Each hip was secured in a dynamic, biaxial testing machine and underwent a cyclic external rotation preconditioning protocol followed by external rotation to failure. The non-parametric version of the BIBD ANOVA analysis (Durbin test) was used to assess the primary hypothesis that different suture numbers are associated with different torque capacities. When the omnibus Durbin test was statistically significant, post-hoc comparisons were made using Conover’s method, and the Holm-Bonferroni method was used to control the type-1 error. Group medians and ranges were reported. Significance was set at p < 0.05.

Results: The failure torque of a one-suture hip capsular closure construct was significantly less than the three-suture construct. The failure torque for the one-suture construct was 67.4 N-m (range: 47.4 – 73.6 N-m). For two sutures, the failure torque was 85.7 N-m (range: 56.9 – 99.0 N-m) and for three sutures the failure torque was 91.7 N-m (range: 74.7 – 99.0 N-m). Repair constructs exhibited 36º (range: 22° - 64°) of external rotation at failure torque.

Conclusion: The most important finding of this study was that three sutures provided the strongest biomechanical construct, demonstrating a median maximum torque of nearly 91.7 N-m. A three-suture construct was significantly stronger than one suture; however, there was not a significant difference between two- and three-suture constructs. Additionally, constructs failed at approximately 35° of external rotation, providing an important guideline for appropriate rehabilitation to protect the capsular repair in the early postoperative period.

Clinical Relevance: Reestablishing the native anatomy of the hip capsule following hip arthroscopy has been reported to result in improved outcomes and reduce the risk of iatrogenic instability. Therefore, an adequate capsular closure is important to restore proper hip biomechanics, and postoperative precautions limiting external rotation should be utilized to protect the repair. To our knowledge, this is the first study to assess the number of sutures in a standard anterosuperior capsulotomy to provide sufficient mechanical strength until the biological healing of the capsular tissue repairs the capsulotomy.