Less Pain, No Cane Hip Surgery
May 25, 2010

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."

Traditional Approach vs. Anterior?
The anterior approach allows for a smaller incision and less tissue disruption which can shorten the recovery process. Keeping the hip muscles intact also helps prevent later dislocations. Dr. Bellah says his patients are able to bend their hip and bear full weight sooner than with other types of hip replacement surgery.

New Surgical Table Speeds Recovery
Dr. Bellah will gather his orthopedic surgical team together this month for orientation and training in the use of the hospital's newly acquired hana® orthopedic surgical table from medical equipment supplier Mizuho OSI of Union City, California. The high-tech table will enable Dr. Bellah to perform minimally invasive "anterior" hip replacement surgery. The table allows him to position patients so he can access the hip joint through the natural interval between the muscles, rather than cutting the muscles, resulting in a smaller incision, less tissue trauma and less pain.


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