New hip replacement procedure gets patients walking in days
KVUE NEWS | June 25th, 2013
By Jim Bergamo & John Fisher
SUN CITY, GEORGETOWN Texas – So what if there was a new, minimally invasive
hip replacement procedure that promises to get patients up and walking
within a day or two, instead of weeks or months? It's true, and it's all
done from the inside out.
Less-invasive hip replacement promises quick recovery
Special to the Green Valley News | Thursday, July 22, 2010
BY CAROLYN MARSH
Hip replacement surgery has taken a new "super path" with the advent of a micro-invasive technique that allows patients to experience dramatically accelerated recovery, with minimal pain. Most patients pack up and head home from the hospital within 24 hours after surgery.
MT. VERNON - Steve Harrison is usually on the sidelines at Mt. Vernon Township High School calling the shots at the soccer coach there.
Monday though, he found himself at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital--preparing for hip replacement surgery. He says years of arthritis have finally caught up with him.
"When I try to move around it throws my back out of whack, and my other hip. It's just a struggle to move around."
Doctor Jimmy Chow says he can help that. He and his colleagues at the Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois are using a new hybrid approach.
Chow has performed about 100 of these minimally invasive hip replacements in Mt. Vernon.
"The big advantage is because the muscle on the front and back are not addressed or not touched. It means you don't have to wait for the muscle to heal while you're recovering. That decreases the risk for dislocation," said Dr. Chow.
He says it also helps speed up recovery time. On June 15th, Kelly Wang of Carmi had his right hip replaced. Monday morning, he underwent the procedure for a new left hip.
"Back to real life. Been on crutches for a year. Amazing everything you take for granted."
"In our practice, we're already seeing in this area patients going back to bowling, back to golf, back to hunting, back to drag racing. All of those things within the first month of surgery."
Steve was up and walking around just hours after the surgery. Now he's looking forward to hitting the field again.
"The recovery time was the crucial part. I didn't want to be laid up for six weeks. Sounds like they're going to get me rolling again real quick."
Traditional hip replacement surgery requires between three and four months of recovery and requires a three to five day hospital stay.
Doctor Chow says this new approach should be more widely used by November.
New knee replacement procedure premieres at St. Mary's Good Sam
Mt. Vernon Sentinel | Thursday, June 18, 2009
BY DANIELLE TYLER
MT. VERNON - A new technologically advanced surgical procedure designed to extend the life of knee implants was performed for the first time in this area Wednesday at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital.
Dr. Jimmy Chow, of the Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois in Mt. Vernon, is using new technology, VISIONAIRE Patient Match, that "uses a patient's MRI and X-ray images to design and build surgical instruments customized for his or her unique knee anatomy."
A NEW METHOD - Dr. Jimmy Chow explains to St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital
patient Mary Krutsinger how the new knee replacement technology has built surgical instruments customized for her unique knee anatomy.
NEW TECHNOLOGY - Dr. Jimmy Chow and his team perform a full knee replacement surgery Wednesday. The procedure now utilizes advanced technology that extends the life of the knee implant."
The new technology enables Chow to begin the surgical process before the patient is ever admitted. The surgical instruments, "engineered exclusively for that patient's knee," are made off-site, Chow explained, and are designed off the MRI photographs taken of the patient's hip, knee and ankles.
According to information from SMGS, "while every person's knee joint has subtle differences in shape and contour, traditional surgical instruments used to place knee implants are one-size-fits-all. In the past, an orthopedic surgeon would spend time during the procedure adapting to a knee's 'terrain' in order to achieve the proper placement of the implant."
"Now we've taken the computer out of the operating room because the surgery is now planned ahead of time," Chow said.
The new technology eliminates several steps from the traditional surgery, which, in turn, reduces the operating time - meaning less blood loss and decreased time under anesthesia and a decreased hospital stay for patients.
While the traditional knee surgery typically lasts an hour and a half, Chow said he anticipated the technology will eventually begin to make an impact in his own operating room.
"This is the first time we have done this, so as we do more and more of these, it will take less and less time," he said. "Every minute is precious in the [operating room.]"
Currently, Chow explained, the procedure is covered under most insurance carriers, but Medicare does not cover it. Any Medicare patient would be required to pay out of his or her own pocket.
"It's really too bad, but that's the way things are going right now," he said. "Really, because the procedure decreases operating times, it also decreases the costs and improves the patient's outcome, which is the bottom line."
It is not only Chow who will be performing the surgery at St. Mary's Good Samaritan, but the other orthopedic surgeons as well.
"The procedure is not something that is exclusive to me," Chow said. "It will be done by the entire office."