Equipped to enhance precision,
resulting in a faster recovery
ProHealth Care's Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital is equipped with a high-tech operating table that enables surgeons to perform anterior hip replacement — a revolutionary minimally invasive procedure. Technology such as this is one reason many of the region's best known orthopedic surgeons choose to perform their procedures and treat patients at ProHealth Care.
Anterior hip replacement
Anterior hip replacement is an innovative, muscle-sparing technique that minimizes the pain and time from surgery recovery. Instead of the surgeon entering the hip by cutting through muscles in the side or back of the leg, the surgeon enters the hip through the front of the joint, sparing muscle tissue — speeding healing and recovery. This procedure is performed using a unique operating table that keeps the patient's leg and pelvis in a stable position, allowing for greater precision and control during surgery.
Traditional total hip replacement
In traditional hip replacement surgery, the surgeon makes a long incision and needs to cut through muscles, tendons and ligaments to get to the hip joint. The surgeon then replaces the ball and socket portion of the hip with a metal ball and a plastic socket. The artificial joint is either cemented into place or secured by the natural bone growing back in around it. Sometimes screws are used to fix the cup to the pelvis during the early stages of bone growth. The surgeon may also choose to use a combination of approaches depending on the patient's bone structure and the surgeon's judgment.
The Birmingham Hip TM resurfacing system delivers an alternative to total hip replacement. This technique is ideal if you are a young, active adult under the age of 60 with arthritis in your hip, hip dysplasia or another condition that causes pain or limits mobility. While traditional hip replacement requires removing the end of your thighbone with the stem of the implant inserted into the shaft of the bone, hip resurfacing has the implant slide over the end of your bone, much like a cap on a tooth, sparing your bone.
Arthroscopy for the knee is most commonly used for:
- Removal or repair of torn meniscal cartilage
- Reconstruction of a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL injuries)
- Trimming of torn pieces of articular cartilage
- Removal of loose fragments of bone or cartilage
- Removal of inflamed synovial tissue