Professor Fernando Jimenez, MD, Ph.D
Faculty of Sports Sciences
University of Castilla and La Mancha, Toledo, Spain
Director of International Chair of MSK Ultrasound
University San Antonio, Murcia, Spain
Case: Infiltration of the hip joint
Product: Ultra-Pro II Needle Guide
Ultrasound may provide a limited view of the hip joint, as it only allows identification of joint effusion, synovitis and some tears of the labrum. This imaging technique is often useful for interventional procedures when supported by the Ultra-Pro II needle guide.
GE Healthcare LOGIQ S8 ultrasound system
GE Healthcare ML6-15 multi-frequency transducer
CIVCO Ultra-Pro II Needle Guide
Epidural needle, 18-22GA, 10cc syringe
Mepivacaine and corticosteroid, hyaluronic acid, PRP
Place the patient in the supine position with the hip in a neutral position. The transducer can be positioned longitudinal to the femoral neck or longitudinal to the extremity and thus oblique with respect to the femoral head. (Figure 1) The ultrasound image should always show the acetabulum, the head, neck and lower capsular recess (Figure 2), checking the needle path which must follow an oblique trajectory from distal to proximal and from superficial to deep, until it reaches the articular recess. (Figure 3)
The bracket is attached to the transducer and then inserted into the cover making sure to use proper sterile technique. When the desired gauge of needle guide has been placed onto the attachment area of the bracket (on the outside of the cover), the needle is inserted into the needle guide channel to reach the lesion. (Figure 4)
In this example, the needle reaches the proximal neck area, directly in the hip distal recess, where the anti-inflammatory (Figure 5) may be administered. This method avoids puncturing the articular labrum, which is usually painful for the patient. From there the spread of the anesthetic then progresses in a proximal direction up the entire joint.
The Ultra-Pro II guide allows evacuation of inflammatory joint effusions of a mechanical nature. Additionally, infiltration of hyaluronic acid, corticosteroids or PRP in osteoarticular degenerative disease (OA) may be accomplished with the use of the needle guide.
The Ultra-Pro II guide allows accurate visualization of the tip of the needle, allowing the vessels and the femoral nerve to remain in a medial situation. Likewise, the circumflex vessels cross over the ultrasound plane and with use of the guide, it is easy to direct the needle away from delicate anatomy.
For small effusions, the needle guide allows placing the tip just inside the anterior joint recess. Especially useful in obese patients, the needle guide facilitates placement of the needle tip within the joint space.