ELIZABETH NJ - Thanks to The Hana® Orthopedic Table, hip replacement surgery isn’t what it used to be says Dr. Mark Ghobrial. In fact, the experience of acquiring a new hip is minimally invasive, less painful, and faster to heal than ever before for many patients at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

Ghobrial, who recently joined the staff at Trinitas, talks about the benefits of the Hana table designed for Anterior Approach to Total Hip Arthroplasty (AATHA), as opposed to traditional methods of surgery without the table.

“The Hana table allows me to approach the hip through the front of the thigh with a single incision,” he says. “Now, there is no need for detachment of the muscle from the pelvis or femur, which is less invasive as in traditional hip replacement surgeries. I do not cut any of the muscles or tendons as in traditional hip replacements. It’s a muscle-sparing approach.”

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The Hana Orthopedic table also offers fluoroscopic X-ray guidance during surgery, which allows for more accurate positioning of the components, and therefore, a more accurate match of the patient’s anatomy.

“By going between the muscles, there is less muscle damage for the patient, who will recover quicker, spend less time in the hospital, won’t experience the same degree of pain as he or she might have in the past, and is unlikely to experience dislocation,” he says. “And formal physical therapy isn’t necessarily required after surgery. All of these amazing benefits lead to less interruption of life and a faster return to a patient’s everyday life.”

During his residency at Rowan University-SOM/Jefferson Health (formerly UMDNJ) in South Jersey, Dr. Ghobrial received specialized training in all sub-specialties of orthopedics including orthopedic trauma surgery at Cooper Hospital in Camden. He was appointed Chief resident and earned the Resident Research Award for his research in hip and knee replacement/revision.

Under the direction of distinguished surgeon Dr. Marc Hungerford at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Ghobrial completed advanced training in Minimally Invasive Direct Anterior Hip Replacement.

“My goal is always to collectively work with each patient to diagnose their issue, provide multiple treatment options and help guide them to make the best decision to feeling better and becoming more active in their daily life,” says Dr. Ghobrial. 

Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, says, “Dr. Ghobrial and the Hana table are a vital addition to our quality of care in the department of Total Joint Replacement. We are thrilled to be able to offer patients the most advanced technologies and physicians who come with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Dr. Ghobrial certainly fits that description and is an invaluable asset to our medical community. Perhaps those who once avoided the surgery because they couldn’t manage the recovery time will opt to have their joints restored and regain a bit of their youth.”

For more information on services at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, contact them at or call (908) 994-5138 or www.TrinitasRMC.org


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