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Date:3/1/2010

Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Surgery with Advantage of New Specialized Operating Room Table

Abington, PA (Vocus) February 28, 2010 -- Abington Memorial Hospital orthopaedists are now offering a revolutionary improvement in hip replacement surgery that is available at few hospitals in the U.S. Until now, the anterior approach (or frontal approach) was being offered only to a modest number of patients who fell below a certain weight level; but with the arrival of new technology in the operating room, the hana™ Hip and Knee Arthoplasty Table, every patient can take advantage of this innovative approach.

The purpose of this specially-designed table is to aid orthopaedists using the anterior approach for hip replacement surgery as it enables the surgeon to replace the hip while the patient is lying on his or her back. With this approach, the hip can be replaced with a small incision and without detaching muscle from the femur or the pelvis during surgery.

“Hospitals buy new equipment every day,” says Andrew Star, M.D., chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Abington Memorial Hospital, “but what makes this newsworthy is the great impact it will have on patients who choose to have this approach for hip replacement surgery.”

The lack of disturbance to the lateral and posterior muscles, ligaments and tendons provides immediate stability of
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