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Hana Table Changes How Surgeons Replace Hips

Wednesday, January 24, 2018  
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The most common inpatient surgeries for Medicare beneficiaries are hip and knee replacements. In fact, it is the number one cost for Medicare. With the number of patients receiving hip and knee replacements growing everyday physicians are constantly finding new and improved ways to perform surgery. 


“There are a lot of different techniques to perform a hip replacement,” Jason Cochran, orthopedic surgeon for Michigan Orthopedic Center said. “A surgeon can use different tools and approaches during surgery based on their comfort level and training.”


Traditionally there have been three approaches used by surgeons; anterior, anterior lateral, and the most commonly used today, posterior approach.


However, with the recent development of new tools, one being the Hana Table, the anterior approach has been perfected to no longer need to cut muscle to get to the bone. This allows surgeons to take a minimally invasive approach. 


“The Hana table allows us to position the legs independently of each other,” Dr. Cochran said. “When you can move the legs independently it allows easier access to the femur, which is the bone you are replacing. The anterior approach allows you to implant the hip replacement while preventing trauma to muscle while doing it.”


There are other benefits to using the Hana Table including it is radiolucent, meaning x-rays can penetrate through the table during the procedure. This allows the surgeon to see what the leg lengths are, live, so they are able to restore the patient’s normal anatomy. 


The Hana Table can also be used for other procedures like hip fractures, hip arthroscopy, or reconstructive surgery for a trauma patient with a hip break.  


“What we have found is a population that wants to get better faster, whether the patients need to get back to work, or is active and wants to get back to sports, this approach allows patients to get back to work and athletic activities quicker,” Dr. Cochran said. “It elevates the level of care we can provide the community.”


For more information on orthopedic surgery, call McLaren Orthopedic Hospital at 517-975-6000. 


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McLaren Greater Lansing and McLaren Orthopedic Hospital operate the region’s most distinguished cardiovascular and orthopedic surgery programs that—together with McLaren Greater Lansing’s oncology, women’s care and wide-ranging diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services—consistently lead in clinical quality and efficiency. The hospitals are part of McLaren Health Care, mid-Michigan’s largest health care system. Visit

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McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 22,000 employees and more than 40,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula. Learn more at

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