A new, rotating, carbon composite surgical table now available at Suburban Hospital is reducing hospital stays and recovery times for those needing a hip replacement. The high-tech table enables the physician to perform minimally invasive surgery resulting in a smaller incision, less tissue trauma and less pain.
The table allows the surgeon to position the patient in such a way that no muscles are cut, leaving a four to five-inch incision, compared to the usual incision of 10 to 12 inches. This reduces trauma under the skin during anterior hip replacement procedures. Surgeons reach the hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the side or back, allowing work to be done through the natural interval between the muscles. Additional benefits include reduced pain, reduced blood loss, reduced tissue healing required, reduced risk of dislocation, and more rapid return to normal activities.
"No other table can position the hip in this way," said orthopedic surgeon Sridihar Durbhakula, M.D. "It also works for making sure both legs are even and that the new joint components are placed in the best position."
Click here to read about the experience of Bethesda resident Betsy Feinberg, whose successful hip replacement at the Suburban Hospital Joint Replacement Center got her moving again.
Click here to see a presentation about anterior hip replacement surgery by Orthopedic Surgeon Sridhar Durbhakula, M.D.If you are planning to have joint replacement surgery, click here to take a video tour of the Suburban Hospital Joint Replacement Center.