As with any operation, complications are possible but unlikely, these can include:

  • Nerve injury – the pudendal nerve may be damaged by the traction post. This is usually temporary or rarely permanent.
  • Permanent damage to the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve may occur in around 2%.
  • Inadvertent chondral damage.
  • Infection in the skin or deep in the hip in less than 1%.
  • Vascular injury; resulting in excess bleeding.
  • Ongoing pain; especially if there is significant arthritis.