The Hana Table and Hip Replacements: What To Know

Big news from the Ambulatory Surgical Center at Stevens Point Orthopedics: The ASC now has a Hana table, which lets Dr. Mark Jordan use the surgery center to perform anterior hip replacements – where the hip joint is accessed from the front of the body instead of the side or back.

That makes this is a good time to talk about what a Hana table does, and how having one at the ASC improves care for hip-replacement patients.

Enhanced Surgical Access

The Hana table is specifically designed for anterior hip replacements. It positions the leg in place and holds it in various positions so the surgeon can complete the procedure. 

The table does this through special boots that the patient wears which are attached to the table. This ski-boot-like footwear makes it easier for Dr. Jordan to position the hip in the position needed to work on both sides of the hip joint.

You don’t have to have a Hana table to do anterior hip replacements, but the table facilitates the surgeon, essentially acting as an extra assistant. 

Minimized Muscle Damage

Speaking of less-invasive surgery, the anterior approach lets Dr. Jordan work around the hip joint without disrupting major muscles.

Traditional hip-replacement surgical techniques that cut through or detach significant muscle groups can lead to a longer recovery time.

In contrast, using the anterior approach lets surgeons work between the natural intervals of the muscles, resulting in minimal muscle cutting. This can mean less pain and a quicker recovery.

Faster Recovery Times

There are typically no post-operative restrictions with an anterior hip replacement, so patients can return to regular activities sooner, and experience improved quality of life more quickly.

Reduced Post-Operative Pain

Along with faster recovery in some instances, since there’s minimal disruption to muscles and soft tissues during the surgery, patients frequently report reduced post-operative pain as compared to other approaches. That can mean a more comfortable recovery with fewer pain medications.

Improved Component Positioning

The Hana table is radiolucent.  This means that it doesn’t interfere with x-rays that are taken during the surgery.  This allows for placing the artificial-hip components with a high degree of accuracy – which can reduce the chances of post-operative complications or the need for future surgeries to correct misaligned components.

Decreased Risk of Hip Dislocation

Hip dislocation after surgery is always a risk with hip replacements.

Studies suggest that there’s less weakening of the structures that stabilize the hip joint with an anterior hip replacement since the external rotator tendons are left intact when entering the hip joint.  This lowers the risk for dislocation postoperatively.

A Better Patient Experience

As we’ve discussed in other blogs, most patients who have surgery at the ASC find it to be more pleasant than having surgery at the hospital. Everything from the staff to the surroundings are there to make your surgery a positive experience.

In addition, the Joint Journey team is close by, to answer your questions and make sure you’re taken care of every step of the way.

If you have questions about hip replacements, the Hana table, Joint Journey, or anything else related to joint replacements, contact us. We’re here to help.

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