Staff with the Dryden Regional Health Centre are celebrating their first successful anterior hip replacement surgery, as the service is now available in Dryden’s hospital.

DRHC staff have been working with staff from Thunder Bay’s Regional Orthopedics Program and the Dryden Health Services Foundation to bring anterior hip replacements to the Dryden community, as it’s a less-invasive hip replacement procedure with reduced recovery time.

“I’m particularly proud of and grateful to the staff, medical staff, our Foundation, and our regional partners for their commitment to Care That Works,” said the DRHC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Doreen Armstrong Ross, in a prepared release.

“Introducing a new surgical procedure has required thoughtful research, procurement,planning, training, skill, and collaboration from a great deal of people. The successful introduction of anterior hip replacements has been a true team effort that will benefit many people in our communities.”

“While we’ve been very focused on the safe and careful re-introduction of all services, much of the planning for this new procedure was done during the spring and summer while in the pandemic, which is even more remarkable.”

The DRHC notes that by the end of the week, 8 anterior hip replacement procedures will have taken place, and staff are continuing to provide services on an ongoing basis through specialist programming.

“The Dryden Area Health Services Foundation is very proud to support the advancement of technologies and procedures at the DRHC,” says Brad Coles, Chair of the Foundation.

“We were excited to learn of the opportunity earlier this year and were unanimous in our decision to support the organization through the purchase of the C-arm X-ray machine necessary for the procedures. Purchasing the new equipment is perfectly aligned with our goal to keep quality health care close to home.”

Staff note that all visitors will have to successfully-pass COVID-19 screening at the main entrance, and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Visits will also be restricted to the patient room only.

An essential visitor can visit once per day, during an agreed upon block of time. No visitors will be able to visit with any positive COVID-19 patients.

Anyone with questions or concerns about their upcoming appointments are asked to call the appropriate department for information. If you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you're asked to contact your local assessment centre immediately.

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Visiting hours still restricted at DRHC