ANTERIOR APPROACH HIP REPLACEMENT PROCEDURE USED FOR GOLFER TOM WATSON
March 01, 2009

Newport Beach, CA. March, 2008 - Tom Watson, who had anterior approach hip replacement surgery Oct.2, 2008, is competing in the Champions Tour Toshiba Classic March 6- 8, 2009 at Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, CA. The total purse is $1.7 million with the winning share being $255,000. www.toshibaclassic.com.Patients across Southern California requiring hip replacement surgery have multiple resources for the same anterior approach procedure used for Watson's surgery. Twenty doctors across the region are trained in this innovative procedure.

Watson returned to compete on the Champions Tour in January, 2009, just three months after his surgery. Joel Matta, MD, did Watson's surgery at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. Watson's hip replacement surgery was featured in the March, 2009 issue of Golf Digest: www.golf digest.com/magazine/2009/03/injuries?currentPage=2

The anteriorapproach surgery procedure is a technique that minimizes the pain and time from surgery to recovery. The anterior approach allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the lateral (side), or the posterior (back) approach, both of which can cause significant muscular damage. With the anterior approach the hip can be replaced without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur during surgery. By way of this anterior approach the surgeon can simply work through the natural interval between the muscles, rather than detaching them. In this way the gluteal muscles that attach to the pelvis and femurare left undisturbed in the anterior approach. Therefore, these muscles do not require a healing process after the surgery.

The merits of the anterior approach procedure are several: 1) Less muscle trauma for the patient; 2) reduced hospital stay; 3) smaller incision - 4 to 5 inches as opposed to 10 to 12 inches; 4) faster recovery - 2 to 8weeks as opposed to 2 to 4 months; 5) additional benefits include reduced pain, reduced tissue healing required, reduced risk of dislocation and a more rapid return to normal activities.

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The surgical tables that facilitate the anterior approach procedure are the PROfx® and the hana® . With their unique capability to position the leg for surgery, these tables enable the surgeon to replace the hip through a single anterior incision without cutting or detachment of muscle. The table allows hyperextension, adduction and external rotation of the hip for femoral component placement. Mizuho OSI, the developer and manufacturer of these tables, developed its PROfx® and then the hana® table in the past seven years.

"The lateral and posterior approaches to hip replacement traumatize the muscles that support the hip. They destabilize the hip and increase the risk of dislocation," Dr. Matta explained, comparing these hip replacement procedures to the anterior approach. As word spreads about the merits of the anterior approach, patient interest is causing more surgeons in the United States and Europe to seek out Dr. Matta for training. He has trained hundreds of physicians and is conducting nearly a dozen courses this year.

Mizuho OSI was founded in 1978 as Orthopedics Systems, Inc. (OSI), and is now a subsidiary of the Mizuho Ikakogyo Co., Ltd., in Tokyo, Japan, who acquired OSI in 2002. Mizuho is the leading surgical table manufacturer in Japan and Asia. Mizuho was founded in 1922. Mizuho OSI products are sold in the U.S. through direct sales representatives and worldwide through authorized international distributors. More information is available at www.mizuhosi.com and www.newhipnews.com.

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