Gone are the days where patients follow the doctor’s orders unquestionably. The internet has enabled patients to explore the myriad of surgical options available to them. Before an internet savvy patient goes under the knife, you can be certain that he will research his procedure, and will frequently come to the conclusion that minimally invasive surgery is his best bet.
With patient requests for minimally invasive procedures increasing, surgeons have developed their skills to meet this demand. While minimally invasive spine surgery has become commonplace, Orthopedic surgeons performing hip replacements are often reluctant to perform the procedure using the minimally invasive approach. People needing a hip implant often have difficulty finding surgeons who are willing to perform minimally invasive hip replacement surgeries.
Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgeries offers the same benefits as does other minimally invasive procedures—a shorter hospital stay, decreased tissue trauma, smaller incision, and expedited patient recovery. Yet only 3-5% of hip replacement surgeries are minimally invasive, despite the demand for it.
Previously, performing minimally invasive hip replacement surgeries required the use of expensive fracture tables or multiple surgical assistant. Hospitals often do not have the resources needed to purchase, store, maintain and operate these fracture tables, and many surgeons do not care to operate with numerous people in the OR. Unfortunately for the patients, the difficulties associated with minimally invasive hip replacements have discouraged many surgeons from offering this technique.
Dr. Lawrence Menendez and Dr. Daniel Allison, orthopedic surgeons from USC recognized thedisparity between supply and demand, and saw an opportunity give all orthopedic surgeons the ability to operate via the minimally invasive, anterior approach.
Dr. Allison shared, “We wanted to create a system that could place the anterior approach to hip replacement into the hands of any orthopedic surgeon, minimizing trauma to the patient’s soft tissues and bone, while taking away the need for any surgical assistants.”
Menendez and Allison teamed with TeDan Surgical to bring their idea of an easy-to-use, minimally invasive hip retractor to fruition. Using a system of flexible arms and attachable retractors, the Phantom MIS Anterior Hip Retractor System completely eliminates the need for a fracture table or surgical assistant. Surgeons are able to operate on a standard OR table independently.
Contact TeDan Surgical Innovations to learn how to get the Phantom Series Minimally Invasive Hip Retractor System into your hands.
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