Outpatient joint replacement: Expertise and technology advance treatment at LMH Health OrthoKansas

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Published on June 25, 2021

Outpatient joint replacement

Expertise and technology advance treatment at LMH Health OrthoKansas

When Kelvin Heck needed a total hip replacement, he turned to LMH Health for advanced technology and clinical expertise—innovation that allowed his treatment to be delivered on an outpatient basis. 

Kelvin Heck

Kelvin Heck

Heck, a rural land broker and owner of Heck Land Company in Lawrence, knew it was time to have his left hip replaced. Having grown up farming and continuing to live actively in the countryside, he needed to stay in shape to keep enjoying the life he loves. 

“I knew my left hip was starting to go south on me, so I had an X-ray done and we saw it was bone-on-bone,” Heck said. “It just became a matter of when to get it fixed. It wasn’t causing me a lot of trouble, but I knew I wanted to do the surgery on my terms – not on Mother Nature’s.” 

Heck chose LMH Health because it was close to home and was strongly recommended to him by his personal trainer. In February, Dr. Adam Goodyear of OrthoKansas performed Heck’s total hip replacement. 

Heck had his surgery in the morning and was discharged by that afternoon. He couldn’t believe how quickly he recovered. 

“The recovery has been amazingly fast,” Heck said. “After taking it easy for the first few days, I went on with my life and back to the office as needed the next week.” 

He only used a walker for one day after surgery, then a “cane” – his 9-iron – for one more day. Right after that, he was back to walking – and soon, back to his usual yard work and landscaping. 

As for pain medication? 

“Whatever they gave me the day of surgery was all I took,” Heck said. “I never had pain that was a problem, at all. It was just not an issue.” 

Patients also have access to top-of-the-line technology in the hospital’s advanced Mako robotic arm, an instrument that also performs partial and total knee replacements. 

LMH Health has two Mako robots to serve patients – one at the Main Campus and another at the West Campus – allowing for outpatient joint replacement surgery at the Lawrence Surgery Center. This technology was made possible in part by generous contributions to the LMH Health Foundation. 

Goodyear said the Mako robotic arm has been proven to facilitate a shorter hospital stay, typically less pain, and quicker return to function. 

"Recent studies have demonstrated that patients have decreased levels of pain and shorter hospital stays when having a total joint replacement with the Mako system,” Goodyear said. “Our goal is always to provide our patients with proven, cutting-edge orthopedic surgical techniques and technology that can improve patient experience and outcomes." 

According to Goodyear, the Mako system can be more precise than traditional surgical techniques because it can create a 3D model of each patient’s joint. 

“Using the system, physicians create a personalized surgical plan,” said Goodyear. “The robotic arm allows surgeons to work within the parameters created and use it to assist in placing new joints. Mako also allows us to perform both knee and hip replacements, which is something that other robotic surgical systems don’t do. Our patients receive the advanced care they deserve with the use of this technology.”

For anyone thinking about a joint replacement, Heck says to get it done sooner rather than later. 

“There’s just no reason not to get it done,” Heck said. “You won’t be laid up for weeks and weeks, and it doesn’t interrupt your life hardly at all. I couldn’t have asked for a better situation.” 

Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certifications from The Joint Commission 

The LMH Health OrthoKansas team has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification. LMH Health is one of only two hospitals in Kansas to earn this designation, both west of the Kansas City metro area. 

The certification, in collaboration with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, recognizes the highest standards of care during a total hip and total knee replacement, from pre-surgical orthopedic consultation to intraoperative and post-surgical follow-up care. 

“LMH Health OrthoKansas is a regional destination committed to providing patients with superior, comprehensive patient-centered musculoskeletal care,” said Russ Johnson, LMH Health President and CEO. “Our team of experts in orthopedic and sports medicine care provide innovative treatments for patients of all ages and abilities. Patients greatly benefit from the depth and breadth of expertise of our hip and knee replacement specialists – Drs. Adam Goodyear, James Huston and Richard Wendt.” 

Exceptional care close to home

LMH Health and OrthoKansas have the clinicians, technology and facilities to provide healthcare that’s not only exceptional for a community hospital—it’s among the best anywhere. Patients benefit from our home at the LMH Health West Campus, with access to convenient, collaborative and innovative care all under one roof. Our multidisciplinary approach gives us the ability to treat most orthopedic injuries and conditions in house, closer to where our patients live and play. 

“When our community members partner with us, we all benefit,” said Russ Johnson, LMH Health president and CEO. “Because of donor support, our hospital continues to offer the best in patient care."

Story by Courtney Bernard

Courtney is the Development Coordinator for the LMH Health Foundation.