Anterior Hip Replacement
With thousands of people in our community potentially facing hip replacement, we now have a new operating table and surgical technique that offers hip replacement with less pain and shorter rehabilitation times for our patients.
The hana® Table
A key to the new approach to hip replacement surgery is the hana® Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Table. It allows the surgeon to more effectively move the leg during surgery to best position the hip socket, ball and femur insert for proper fit.
Using this special table eliminates the need for the surgeon to make an incision in the muscle of the hip or leg. Because the surgeon does not need to disturb the lateral and posterior soft tissues, there is immediate stability of the hip after surgery. This leads to an easier and shorter recovery period.
The hana® table also allows the surgeon to take X-rays during the procedure to ensure precise fit and placement of all components.
The anterior approach is a technique new to Evangelical’s established Joint Replacement Program. The patient lies on his or her back for the surgery, as opposed to his or her side, as in a traditional hip replacement. The incision is very small and, rather than cutting the hip muscle, those muscles are simply moved aside, allowing for clear access to the hip joint. After completion of the replacement procedure, there are no muscles that must be repaired.
Benefits of Less Invasive Surgery
Patients benefit from this new approach to hip replacement in a number of ways, including accelerated recovery time and no restrictions of movement during recovery. Patients can often more freely bend their hip and bear their full weight immediately or very soon after surgery.
This procedure can also reduced scarring because the technique requires only one small incision. Other benefits include a smaller risk of joint dislocation following the surgery and less tissue trauma.
For more information about this hip replacement technique, or Evangelical’s Joint Replacement Program, call (888) 447-6563.