Less Pain, No Cane Hip Surgery
Mendocino, CA - This month, orthopedic surgeon Jack Bellah, M. D. begins offering leading-edge anterior hip replacement surgery that uses special equipment and procedures to avoid cutting muscles. In most cases, the result is a shorter hospital stay,less pain, and a faster recovery.
The Stanford-trained general orthopedic surgeon is not new to the procedure. He has been performing it on patients at his Fortuna practice for more than three years. Joel M. Matta, M. D. , of the Hip & Pelvis Institute at Saint John's Hospital in San Diego, is one of the pioneers of the anterior surgery approach; Dr. Bellah has studied Matta's work. Dr. Matta and a wave of other surgeons across the country, like Dr. Bellah are using the relatively new approach because of its benefit to long-term patient comfort and recovery.
Says Dr. Matta: "Using the anterior approach allows surgeons to work between the muscles, without detaching them from the hip or thigh bones. When these important muscles are left relatively undisturbed , patients can expect to be on their feet much faster, making quicker steps toward recovery."
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