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OMC Offers Patients Alternative to Standard Hip Replacement Surgery

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 emergencies.

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