From the Editor
This month’s issue is about total hip replacement–a subject near to my heart, since I just had one earlier this month! I’m in the throes of recovery but looking forward to being more mobile on the other side, and in awe of the advances in joint replacement technology.
In this issue you’ll find a crossword puzzle to test your knowledge of hips and hip replacement, along with some related iPad and iPhone apps. We also bring you the key points of the newly released AORN salary survey.
Our Student in the Spotlight is Dianna Hein of Reno, NV.
Joel M. Matta, M.D., working at the Hip & Pelvis Institute at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA, performs a less invasive alternative to traditional Joel M. Matta, M.D., working at the Hip & Pelvis Institute at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA, performs a less invasive alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery called the Anterior Approach. Dr. Matta has been instrumental in the training of many orthopaedic surgeons in this procedure.
Using the Anterior Approach, surgeons make a small incision on the front (anterior) of the hip and work between muscles and tissue without cutting or detaching the muscle from the skeletal structures, minimizing trauma to the tissues. Keeping the muscles intact may also help prevent dislocations. In traditional hip replacement surgery, surgeons make an incision on the back or side and cut and detach muscles to access the hip. Patient hospital stays are, on average, three to five days and typical recovery time can range from three to six months with traditional hip replacement surgery. Average hospital stays after the Anterior Approach are two to three days. Rehabilitation and recovery time may also be shortened.
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Current Job:Trauma Services Nurse Practitioner, Renown Regional Medical Center
I have always had a passion for helping people and found that nursing was a perfect fit! I love connecting with people on such a personal level and working with them to better their health.
Where did you get your RN training? University of Nevada, Reno – Orvis School of Nursing.
Why did you decide to go after your RNFA? Honestly, I was presented with an amazing job opportunity that required I become a RNFA. I am grateful for the opportunity.
What is one thing you learned in your RNFA training that you didn’t expect? The networking has been unexpectedly beneficial! I met some amazing people at the SutureStar workshop and we have continued to stay in touch. It is nice to connect with other nurses who are going through similar situations.
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