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ProMedica Orthopaedic Surgeon Offers New Hip Replacement Technique

posted on: 05/09/2012


ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital

Patients experience shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries

TOLEDO, OHIO, April 10, 2012 – Area patients who need a hip replacement have a new option that will get them back on their feet much faster and with little or no pain.

It is called the Anterior Supine Intermuscular (ASI) hip replacement procedure designed to significantly reduce postoperative pain and make the recovery process much easier for patients. Most ASI patients are able to walk within 24 hours after surgery and only need to spend a couple of days in the hospital. They typically return to normal daily activities much sooner than patients who receive traditional hip replacement procedures.

What makes this technique different from other total hip approaches? With ASI, the surgeon makes the incision at the front of the patient’s hip, avoiding muscles and tendons that surgeons traditionally cut through to access the joint.

Karl Beer, MD, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with ProMedica Physicians. He is the first specialist in the region offering ASI at ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital, a division of ProMedica Toledo Hospital. Beer prefers to perform the majority of ASI techniques at ProMedica Wildwood because of its state-of-the-art technology and the high quality of care that patients receive.

He has performed 50 procedures in the last four months. Most patients come to him in severe pain after putting off surgery for months and even years.

“I am so pleased to be able to offer this option to patients because the results are amazing,” says Beer. “I see patients recovering much faster, plus the hip is much more stable using ASI which can prevent painful dislocations and additional surgery.”

Beer recommends that people talk to their doctors to determine if ASI may be the answer for them.

ProMedica Wildwood is the only specialty center of its kind in northwest Ohio. The six-month-old facility offers a full range of specialized orthopaedic and spine services and programs, including personal care plans and care coaches. There are also multiple options for physical therapy based upon patient need; in a group setting, at patient bedside or inpatient hallway that can serve as a natural walking path. The facility has a staff of 18 orthopaedic and neurosurgeons, more than 60 registered nurses and other Toledo hospital doctors and medical staff, including hospitalists and physical therapists. All are specially-trained in orthopaedic and spine care.

For more information about Dr. Beer and ProMedica Wildwood, visit www.promedica.org.


ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital is a member of Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica, a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization formed in 1986. ProMedica has more than 14,300 employees and nearly 1,700 physicians – with more than 400 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Its 11 hospitals and more than 306 facilities offer comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, and women and pediatric services. ProMedica’s mission is to improve health and well-being, with a strong focus on wellness and clinical excellence, as well as innovative, community advocacy programs that address health-related issues such as hunger and obesity.