New hip replacement surgery gets patients walking the same day


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After years of hip pain, Barbara Abbott is looking forward to a hip replacement, using some of the newest technology around. 

Polio as a child left Abbott with legs of different lengths. But hip pain that flared up a few years ago has slowed this active 72-year-old. Even sitting to paint hurt. 

Abbott says, “So I’m afraid at the point I might fall, because it’s like a hot pan, you have to drop it. When you step on it at that perfect angle, it’s just excruciating.” 

Before surgery with the OPS system, patients get x-rays of how the pelvis moves in three positions. 

Dr. Steven Barnett, Orthopedic Surgeon, Hoag Orthopedic Institute, explains, “Then, with the use of a CT scan of the pelvis, we can create this patient-specific block that exactly matches the bony morphology of the pelvis.” 

Those images are used to make a hip analysis and a 3D model of Abbott’s hip. All this shows exactly where to put the socket and a guide block that’s aligned with a laser. 

Dr. Barnett continues, “When we actually put the implant in, we just match up our laser points so that we know we’ve repeated the exact angles that we planned for pre-operatively.” 

The team takes x-rays during the procedure, too, to make sure everything lines up. Dr. Barnett says the OPS system adds a few minutes to the 45-minute surgery. 

He adds, “Her arthritis pain will be gone this afternoon once the surgery is over, and she’ll be up walking.” 

Abbott says, “Since I’ll be walking right away, I hope to be right out here going as soon as I can and get back on my bike.” 

And she can’t wait to keep up again with Dan, her husband of 52 years. Less than a week after her surgery, Abbott is already walking her boardwalk and she has no pain. 

More than 3,000 patients have had the procedure in Australia and Europe, where it was approved years ago.

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