The number of hip surgeries performed at Penticton Regional Hospital should increase significantly with the purchase of a second specialized hip surgery table.
That’s one of four major equipment purchases for PRH included in the South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Medical Foundation’s 14th annual Tree of Dreams fundraising campaign this holiday season.
The SOS Medical Foundation hopes to raise $925,000 to fund the surgery table, plus a new mammography machine, electro-encephalogram (EEG) unit and colonoscopy scopes.
Dr. Tim Bell is one of two PRH surgeons who perform anterior hip surgery (incision from the front) which results in a much faster recovery period. No ligaments or tendons are cut and a key muscle is simply moved aside. However, the procedure does require a specialized table to align the hip.
“Anterior hip surgery allows for patients to go home the same day or within 24 hours,” Bell said.
Carey Bornn, executive director of the SOS Medical Foundation, said following last spring’s opening of the David E. Kampe Tower, the Tree of Dreams campaign is now focusing on other medical equipment for PRH.
“We gained a fantastic response from donors to our $20-million tower campaign,” Bornn said. “Now we’re looking for support for other key items to make sure we continue offering the best health care available for residents throughout our region.”
This year, a separate campaign was launched for residents in Oliver and Osoyoos to donate towards an upgrade of South Okanagan General Hospital.
South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation