OMC Offers Patients Alternative to Standard Hip Replacement Surgery
Ozarks Medical Center’s (OMC) Surgical Services Department recently
purchased a new state-of-the-art surgical table called a HANA table. The
HANA table is used for hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery
can successfully relieve pain and suffering from degenerative hip arthritis.
Historically, the surgery is done on a standard operating room table.
The hip joint is replaced surgically from a posterior (back) or lateral
(side) approach. The posterior (back) approach is the most common approach
used to perform hip replacement surgery and usually requires a two to
five day hospital stay after surgery.
The HANA table allows orthopaedic surgeons to perform a direct anterior
(front) approach to the hip. This approach cuts no muscles and allows
very precise copy of the patient’s own hip. Patients have the potential
for less pain and a speedier recovery by recreating their hip accurately,
cutting no muscles, and dramatically decreasing the size of the incision.
Surgery performed on the HANA table typically allows patients to go home
one to two days after surgery.
The HANA table is a very specialized and advanced piece of surgical equipment
that is typically not seen in rural hospitals or even most community hospitals
across the country. “OMC’s forward thinking leadership and
their choice to make the investment in this new equipment has already
been of benefit to the patients undergoing hip surgery via the anterior
approach,” said Dr. James Rushford, Orthopaedic Surgeon with OMC’s
Orthopaedic Clinic. “Patients who have undergone hip replacement
surgery via the direct anterior approach are experiencing less pain after
surgery and are enjoying a much speedier recovery than patients undergoing
traditional hip replacement surgery.”
For more information about hip replacement surgery, contact the OMC Orthopaedic
Clinc at 1609 Porter Wagoner Blvd. in West Plains, phone 417-256-1745.
OMC also provides 24 hour-a-day, seven-day a week orthopaedic care for