Tonawanda News


October 6, 2013

Memorial adds hip replacement equipment

Tonawanda News — When it comes to a traditional hip replacement surgery, it’s not necessarily the replaced bone that causes so much pain and recovery time for patients, it’s the layers of posterior muscle surgeons must cut through to get to said bone.

That’s why orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Violante, 33, was so eager for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to purchase its new $115,000 Hana table.

The table allows surgeons to situate the patient in such a way so that the surgical incision can be made from the anterior — or front — position, reducing the amount of muscle that will be impacted by the procedure, Violante explained.

Using the Hana table, “the patient’s legs are suspended independently, and it therefore allows me to position the leg in an extended and rotated position in order to” allow the anterior approach, he said.

Violante, 33, has been performing hip-replacement surgeries using the Hana table at Erie County Medical Center for more than nine months and said he’s so far been amazed at the results. He’s done more than 500 traditional-approach hip replacements and 60 using the Hana table. He said the patients for whom he’s used the table have had a much faster recovery time.

”I’ve now had probably more than 10 patients that have walked into my office two weeks post operatively without any assistant devices (like canes or walkers), which is something I’ve never seen before,” Violante said. “I’m amazed.”

John Northrup, 68, of Ellicotville, had his hip-replacement surgery done at ECMC before Memorial purchased its table and said he spent about two weeks using a cane after his surgery and was back to limited golfing within four to five weeks.

Prior to his hip replacement, Northrup said he had a limited range of motion in his hip from a motorcycle accident 28 years ago. As time went on it became more and more disabling.

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