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Allegheny Health Network changing the way hip replacement procedures are being done

Allegheny Health Network changing the way hip replacement procedures are being done


Allegheny Health Network changing the way hip replacement procedures are being done

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Allegheny Health Network is changing the way elective surgeries are being done.

Dr. Michael Levine has performed several thousand hip replacement procedures in his three-decade career.

“When I first started, people would come to the hospital the day before, have the surgery and then stay a full week,” said the chief of orthopedic surgery at Forbes Hospital.

But these days, patients are barely at the hospital for a full day. And in some cases, patients are not required to step foot in the hospital.

“We have a nurse coordinator who goes over everything with patients and their families so that everything is set up for them to go home that day,” Levine said. “Arrangements are made with a physical therapist.”

Allegheny Health Network said its health care system and Levine is the first in the Pittsburgh region to perform hip replacements in a stand-alone surgery center.

It is something it has been doing at a facility in Monroeville to save time for patients. It also limits their exposure.

“The surgery is done under a short-acting anesthesia,” Levine said. “The idea is for the anesthesia to last only an hour and a half. We do several preemptive things to prevent post-operative nausea.”

Jeff Walos had his hip replaced in December.

“I went here at 6 o’clock,” he said. “They took me in at about quarter to 6, and I was home by 11:30.”

Levine says outside of improving the patient experience, operations in spaces like this help save money for the patients and the system. This experience also limits patients’ chances of post-operative infection because they are able to heal from home.