A Hana Table: A Hip Approach to Hip Replacement
If severe hip pain has kept you from your regular activities, your best days may still be ahead. With the expertise of specialists at MedStar Orthopaedics at Good Samaritan Hospital, you can get back to an active lifestyle much sooner than you ever imagined.
The anterior approach to hip replacement surgery is a minimally invasive procedure involving just a small incision in the front of the hip that preserves all of the muscles of the joint. This procedure differs from a traditional hip replacement involves detaching the muscles.
"Apart from the smaller incision, the anterior approach doesn't damage muscles," says Michael Jacobs, MD, MedStar Orthopaedics at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. "It allows for a quicker rehabilitation and shorter hospital stay." And because there is no muscle injury, there is less pain. Patients return to walking without assistive devices as early as one to two weeks after surgery, Dr. Jacobs says. "I’ve had an 82-year-old patient walking without a cane or crutches just 10 days after surgery," he adds.
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital provides the technology needed for a hip replacement procedure, including the hana® operating table, which allows the surgeon to more effectively move the leg during the procedure to best position the hip and ensure the proper fit of the implant. In addition, special instruments are used for the procedure, requiring specialized training for physicians and nurses. Dr. Jacobs uses only the anterior approach for all of his hip replacement and resurfacing procedures.
"Our patients return to their activities much quicker with the anterior approach," says Dr. Jacobs. "They are driving sooner, back on the golf course earlier and enjoying a quality of life much better than before surgery."