News Archive (2010)

Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty.

Steven L. Myerthall, MD

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Direct Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty
Steven L. Myerthall, MD - Orthopedic Surgeon
Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center

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Audio: "Direct anterior or total hip arthroplasty is a technique of performing total hip replacement surgery in which the surgical approach..."

Text: Through the front of the hip

Audio: "…is through the front of the hip as opposed through the side of the hip, which is the traditional approach."

Text: Newer Technique

Audio: "It's a relatively newer technique. With recent changes in instrumentation and with new tables and new techniques in the operating room, it's recently gained quite a bit of popularity throughout North America."

Text: Patient Experience

Audio: "The patient experience after direct anterior total hip arthroplasty is two or three days in the hospital…"

Text: Quicker Recovery

Audio: "…and usually starts with walking on a walker. We get patients up and around the first day after surgery. They tend to be on the walker for maybe three or four days and on to a cane quite quickly. And usually, by about two weeks, some of them tend to be walking without any walking aid at all. Patients also tend to return to many of their activities quickly. I've had patients back on the golf course in two or three weeks after this surgical procedure, back to work with high-demand jobs by about three or four weeks after the operation itself."

Text: Any Patient requiring total hip replacement

Audio: "Really, any patient that requires a total hip because of hip pain is a candidate for the direct anterior total hip. There are some patients in which, from the surgical perspective, it's easier to do the operation on—those being smaller patients and less muscular patients. But a large muscular male is as good a candidate as a female, who may be smaller."

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Arizona Tech Council Featured Hip Patient Johnny Bench.

Arizona Tech Council Featured Hip Patient Johnny Bench
March 31, 2010
Ruth Ann Monti

Very few people have lasted 15 years in major league baseball without some kind of long-term wear and tear. Even fewer squatted in the catcher's box for that time. It's just too hard on the joints for most.

Johnny Bench, who caught for the Cincinnati Reds for 15 years (1968-1983) and was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989, endured pain for several years after retirement until he received a new right hip. He spoke about his experience last week in a keynote address to the Arizona Technology Council first-ever Expo.

Six years ago, a doctor friend watched Bench hobble around a golf course. "You know that hip is going," Bench recalled his friend telling him. A few weeks later, Bench had hip-replacement surgery and was back golfing within seven weeks.

When Bench began experiencing similar pain in his other hip last year, he readily sought  a second surgery. This time, however, the new hip was made of state-of-the-art ceramic-on-ceramic design, with a larger head from Stryker.

Just two hours after receiving an ADM(TM) X3 hip, Bench was walking the hospital hallway. He was one of the first patients to receive the technology, which is more flexible and longer-lasting than earlier hip models, and has fewer post-operative complications.

Bench is now a spokesperson for Stryker, which joined more than 60 other exhibitors at the Health & Medical Technology Expo in Glendale last week. The Council is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to connecting, representing, and supporting Arizona's technology industry, where medical technology is a key player.

The Council sponsors more than 100 events each year. The Expo targeted providers, tech companies with innovative medical products, suppliers, and other health-related business. Major sponsors included leaders in the legal and communications fields, who support the Council's policy and advocacy efforts as well as various committees that address technology, safety, and other issues.

And Bench's knees? They're just fine, he recently told ESPN. "The legs are the support," he said. "You've gotta have the strongest quads." While other Hall of Fame catchers like Gary Carter and Carlton Fisk have had multiple knee surgeries, Bench was spared their pain.


9 Things To Do This Weekend: 2010 Health and Medical Technology Expo.

2010 Health and Medical Technology Expo
Renaissance Hotel & Spa, Glendale
March 25, 8 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Admission: $10
More Info: www.aztechcouncil.org

The AZHMT Expo will focus on cutting-edge healthcare topics and the latest technology advances in the medical field. Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is the keynote speaker at this health expo that includes screening, networking and breakout sessions.

Johnny Bench Talks Medical Advances at Tech Council Expo.

Phoenix Business Journal - by Patrick O'Grady

Johnny Bench is a believer in the power of medical technology.

A Hall-of-Fame catcher who spent his career with the Cincinnati Reds, Bench has more than average wear and tear on his joints. On Thursday he will provide the keynote at lunch during the Arizona Health and Medical Technology Expo, the first such event being organized by the Arizona Technology Council.

"It's just another area of technology that if they think about something, they can do it," Bench said.

Bench, who played with the Reds full time from 1968 until 1983, had his right hip replaced six years ago after he endured pain he said wouldn't let him sleep or do most physical activities. He spent a year trying to find out what was wrong until a doctor friend saw him walking on a golf course.

"He looked at me and said, 'You know that hip is going,'" Bench said. "We scheduled it and seven weeks later I was back playing golf, back to sleeping at night, really doing everything I used to do."

Bench said his new right hip is made of a ceramic-on-ceramic connection designed to last longer than older model artificial hips. His right hip, replaced late last year, is an even newer design from Stryker called the ADM X3, giving him more flexibility and longer life for the joint.

Since the first operation, Bench has been a spokesman for Stryker Orthopaedics, which manufactured both of his artificial hips, and a proponent of advanced medical technology in joint replacements in particular. He's speaking at the AZHMT expo as a way to be an example of someone who has received a better quality of life through medical technology.

The expo will feature topics about advanced technology in medical use and feature a number of Valley providers including the Arizona Telemedicine Program, Hospice of the Valley, Logistixs Group LLC, Translational Geneomics Institute and The CORE Institute.

"By launching our first annual Health & Medical Technology Expo, we are broadening our focus on health care and life sciences because ultimately, technology can help manage cost and efficiency and improve patient care," said Steven Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "The work of our member companies encompasses a wide range of products and services and we felt it was important to share the latest health care innovations with the Arizona community at large."

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel, 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd. in Glendale. Admission is $10 for the expo, $40 for lunch for AZTC members and $50 for nonmembers. For more: www.aztechcouncil.org.

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