Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital is the first hospital in the Richmond region to offer total hip replacement surgery for patients utilizing the VELYS™ Hip Navigation. This advanced, non-invasive technology helps orthopedic surgeons with accuracy and precision in the anterior approach hip replacement surgery. The first hip replacement surgery with VELYS™ Hip Navigation was performed at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in June.

“In this day and age, we have access to medical advances, improved implant designs and new surgical technology that allow for efficient, high-quality care that continues to move the needle toward excellent patient outcomes,” said Colin Mudrick, MD, orthopedic surgeon with Bon Secours Tuckahoe Orthopedics. “Bon Secours’ continued commitment to offering state-of-the-art technology allows us to continue delivering the quality, compassionate care we are known for. As a hip and knee surgeon, I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to dramatically improve people’s everyday lives.”

Hip replacement is a common surgery, with more than 400,000 procedures performed in the United States each year. However, surgeons may choose different approaches to perform their patients’ surgery. The anterior approach to hip replacement is a minimally invasive surgical technique in which surgeons make an incision at the front of the hip and work between the muscles to keep them intact, instead of working through the buttocks or side of the hip as is common with traditional hip replacement. The use of advanced technology can further help surgeons in performing the anterior approach.

During surgery, a picture called a fluoroscopic image is taken of the hip and analyzed in real-time, with the aim of achieving the best alignment and placement of the acetabular and femoral components of the hip implant. There are a number of implant sizes and components to choose from during total hip surgery. VELYS™ Hip Navigation helps surgeons select the components that will work together in the most natural way for the patient’s unique anatomy. 

Additional advantages of VELYS™ Hip Navigation may include restoration of proper leg length, which may lead to better hip stability and preservation of the hip’s natural movement as well as verification of the desired hip implant position that may potentially help reduce the likelihood of hip dislocation and increase the joint’s stability. 

“We are always looking at ways we can make improvements to the Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital campus, including investing in the latest, most impactful surgical and robotic technologies to improve the overall provider and patient experience,” said Bryan Lee, president of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. “We are thrilled that our expert medical teams have access to this new technology, and we are proud to deliver on our promise of providing quality, compassionate care to all who come through our doors.”

In 2021, Bon Secours acquired Tuckahoe Orthopedics to form Bon Secours Tuckahoe Orthopedics. The acquisition brings multiple benefits to area patients, including easier sharing of electronic medical records, coordinate care of patients and increased efficiency, as well as enhanced continuity of care. This acquisition also allows patients greater access to a network of health care providers and services, including MRI, primary care, orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, home health and outpatient rehabilitation, along with the latest technology for spine and joint procedures. 

Earlier this year, Bon Secours invested in the VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution which offers total knee replacement surgery for patients at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. This advanced technology helps orthopedic surgeons perform a total knee replacement with the use of data that’s tailored to each patient’s anatomy to help ensure predictable results to improve outcomes, increase mobility and helps patients recover faster. With these substantial investments in state-of-the-art technology, Bon Secours is able provide patients with a personalized surgical experience and get you back to life faster.

Learn more about Bon Secours’ orthopedics services and offerings.