Cedar Park Regional Medical Center is bringing new
technology to the area in the form of the "hana table." This hip and knee
arthroplasty table, commonly referred to as the hana table, looks more like an
exercise machine than medical equipment.
Unlike traditional hip replacement surgery where an
incision is made from the back or side, the hana table allows surgeons to make
an incision to be made from the front. With the incision made from the front,
the posterior soft tissues are not disturbed and the hip is better stabilized
Recovery from hip replacement surgery takes so long
not because of the hip, but because the muscle must reattach itself to the bone.
The hana table, however, has a split surface that allows the doctor to
manipulate the patient’s leg so a single incision can be made without detaching
the muscle from the femur or pelvis. Furthermore, by moving the leg
independently of the rest of the body, the joint is better exposed and there is
less risk of extensive muscle tissue damage.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the hana
table is the short recovery time it provides the patient. Traditionally, a hip
replacement patient is in the hospital for approximately ten days after surgery
and spends two to four months recovering, but the hana table has changed all
that. Now, the patient spends only about two to four days in the hospital and as
little as two months recovering.