Hana Table – Anterior Approach Hip Surgery

Minimally invasive anterior hip replacement is performed by Dr. Richard Meyer, Jr. at Orthopaedic Specialists of New Orleans, APMC using the HANA total hip table. The HANA table allows Dr. Meyer to apply traction to the hip joint and expose the bone surfaces without cutting any muscles. This means you recover much faster and get back to your normal activities.

The HANA table was specifically designed with the Anterior Hip Replacement procedure in mind. It can accommodate traction in patients up to 6’ 9” inches tall and still apply necessary traction to open the hip joint.


Patients lie flat on their back, either asleep using general anesthesia, or awake with spinal anesthesia. Either anesthesia allows full muscle relaxation below the waist. The use of the Hana table and surgical approach allows exposure of the hip in a minimally invasive fashion.

The Benefits Of Using The HANA Table With the Anterior Approach

  • There is generally less pain and a quicker recovery because there is no need to cut muscles or tendons
  • There is a lower risk of Hip Dislocation
  • Reduced risk of poor placement of the implant and leg length inequality.
  • It’s possible to leave the hospital the SAME day of your surgery.

With this technology, your surgeon doesn’t move the patient… we move the table. For instance, the patient’s leg can be extended downward toward the floor to allow frontal access to the hip.

This ‘hyperextension’ of the hip and femur enhances the natural opening between the muscles responsible for the hip function.  Your surgeon can then make an incision without touching the most vulnerable tissue.

What does the HANA Table Consist of?

The table consists of a stainless steel modular pedestal that houses a control panel. Carbon fiber radiolucent leg spars extend from the cantilever tabletop to traction boots.

The spars provide necessary controls for traction adjustment, hyperextension, adduction and abduction (movement of the leg toward the body and away from the body, respectively), and rotation. Since the spars are radiolucent, x-rays can be taken of the surgical area in various positions.

In this way, we have the most accurate control of implant placement and leg length. The anterior approach to total hip replacement using HANA table technology is the wave of the future, and Dr. Meyer has done well over a thousand cases with the table since 2012

We want to be your trusted Orthopaedic Specialists in New Orleans.  If you feel that you are a candidate for a hip replacement, please call our office at 504-897-7877 and a member of our caring staff will be happy to help you.

Thank you for trusting us with your care!

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