Anterior Hip Replacement now available at Trinity Health

Trinity Health’s orthopedic team has been in expansion mode this year, with the addition of three new surgeons bringing new skills and new patient options to the region.

Daniel Lee, DO, MMS, and Mohammad T. Hashemi, MD, joined the team earlier this year. Dr. Lee is fellowship trained in sports medicine, specializing in arthroscopic procedures of the hip and knee, including ACL reconstruction and rotator cuff repair. Dr. Hashemi is fellowship trained in total joint reconstruction and will soon offer partial or “uni” knee replacement – considered less invasive than total knee replacement for patients who meet certain criteria.

Now, Trinity Health is pleased to welcome Cody Pehrson, MD, an orthopedic surgeon fellowship trained in orthopedic trauma, with special expertise in hip and shoulder reconstruction.

“What distinguishes my practice is that I do big fractures of the pelvis as well as acetabular fractures,” Dr. Pehrson said. Acetabular fractures are pelvic fractures that affect the socket part of the ball-and-socket hip joint.

“I also do hip reconstruction and shoulder replacement,” he added.

One of Dr. Pehrson’s unique skills is anterior hip replacement, a minimally invasive approach to hip surgery that minimizes pain and hastens recovery.

“Anterior hip replacement is a muscle-sparing technique that significantly reduces downtime for patients,” he noted.

Potential benefits of anterior hip replacement are:

– Hip joint may be accessed through the front of the hip.

– Surgeon works through natural openings between muscles, resulting in less pain and quicker healing.

– More freedom of movement post-operatively, including fewer bending restrictions.

In a region with four distinct seasons, including slippery winters and trauma-filled summers, Dr. Pehrson’s trauma expertise will come in handy. He’s expertly trained in complex trauma cases and is experienced in malunion and nonunion fractures.

“Nonunion is when the bone doesn’t heal properly, leaving the patient with pain,” he explained. “Malunion occurs when the bone heals in an abnormal position, such as shortening of a limb.”

Dr. Pehrson earned his medical doctorate from the Medical College of Wisconsin and received residency training in orthopedic surgery at UCSF Fresno. He completed his Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship with Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons of Arizona, where he gained extensive experience providing orthopedic trauma care at the four Level I trauma centers in the Phoenix area.

Drs. Hashemi, Lee, and Pehrson join other members of orthopedic team – Alexandre Kindy, MD, Paul MacLeod, MD, Dawn Mattern, MD, E. Dexter Scott, MD, Louba Bouzou, PA-C, Amber Rice, DNP-C, Andrea Sebelius, AGPCNP-BC, and Donna Verhasselt, PA-C. For more information, call Trinity Health Orthopedics at (701) 857-5500.