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Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Surgery Offered

January 14, 2010

JFK Medical Center recently obtained the HANA™ Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Table – the only surgical table designed exclusively for Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. Mizuho OSI, the leading manufacturer of specialty surgical tables for spinal, orthopedic trauma, and image-guided surgery, is the manufacturer of the HANA™ table. The Anterior Approach surgery procedure is a technique that minimizes the pain and time from surgery to recovery. The Anterior Approach allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the lateral (side), or the posterior (back) approach.

With its unique capability to position the leg, the HANA™ enables JFK Medical Center surgeons to replace the hip through a single incision, without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur. The table allows hyperextension, adduction and external rotation of the hip for femoral component placement – a positioning option not possible with conventional tables. The lack of disturbance to the lateral and posterior soft tissues provides immediate stability of the hip after surgery. The merits of this procedure are several: 1) Less muscle trauma for the patient; 2) reduced hospital stay; 3) smaller incision - 4 to 5 inches as opposed to 10 to 12 inches; 4) faster recovery - 2 to 8 weeks as opposed to 2 to 4 months; 5) additional benefits include reduced pain, reduced blood loss, reduced tissue healing required, reduced risk of dislocation, and more rapid return to normal activities.

 This way, the hip can be replaced without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur during surgery. The surgeon can simply work through the natural interval between the muscles. The most important muscles for hip function, the gluteal muscles that attach to the pelvis and femur, are left undisturbed and therefore do not require a healing process.

JFK Medical Center is a full-service acute care medical/surgical hospital located in the heart of Palm Beach County.  JFK Medical Center is a recognized leader in emergency and critical care, cardiac care, surgery, oncology, stroke care, Bariatrics, orthopedics, spine care, rehabilitation, women’s health and hospice care. Extensive outpatient services and prevention programs such as sleep disorder care, wound care and pulmonary are also offered in support of JFK Medical Center’s emphasis on health and wellness.