A Most Unusual Operating Table
The Orthopaedic & Spine Institute is one of a select few hospitals that offers the hana® Surgical Table for anterior hip replacement. It is available at both Abington Memorial and Lansdale Hospitals. It works with the surgeon to minimize trauma beneath the skin by precise patient positioning not possible with conventional tables.
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Andrew Star, M.D., is chief of Orthopaedics and Medical Director of the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute. He explains, “With this technology, we don’t move the patient, we move the table. For instance, the patient’s leg can be extended downward toward the floor to allow frontal access to the hip. This ‘hyperextension’ of the hip and femur enhances the natural opening between the muscles responsible for hip function. We can make an incision without touching the most vulnerable tissue.”
The table consists of a stainless steel modular pedestal that houses a control panel. Carbon fiber radiolucent leg spars extend from the cantilever table top to traction boots. The spars provide necessary controls for traction adjustment, hyperextension, adduction and abduction (movement of leg toward the body and away from the body, respectively), and rotation. Since the spars are radiolucent, x-rays can be taken of the surgical area in various positions.
“In this way, we have the most accurate control of implant placement and leg length,” Dr. Star says. “The anterior approach to total hip replacement using hana table technology is the wave of the future, and we’re pleased to offer it now.”
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