West Suburban Medical to Live Tweet Joint Replacement Surgery

Oak Park, Ill. (July 30, 2012) – On Monday, Aug. 6, you can be a part of the Operating Room at West Suburban Medical Center with just the click of a mouse by following a live Twittercast of an uncommon joint replacement surgery. Coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. (CST) at @WestSuburbanMC or by using #LiveSurgery. Last month, West Suburban Medical Center became one of the first community hospitals in Illinois to live-Tweet a surgery. Social media has become a valuable way for people to explore information and exchange ideas about healthcare in a live forum.

Dr. Kris Alden, Medical Director of West Suburban Medical Center’s Joint Center of Excellence, will perform a single-session bilateral total hip replacement surgery on Aug. 6. The patient has been living with hip and leg pain and limited mobility that has progressively worsened in the past three years. Over the approximately three-hour surgery live updates will include pictures, video and descriptions of the surgery.

Total hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the worn-out surfaces of the hip are replaced with man-made components. Over time, the cartilage that cushions the bones can wear away, often from arthritis, causing pain and discomfort, and making participation in sports or simple activities unbearable. Joint replacement may be recommended after more conservative measures, such as exercise, physical therapy and medications, are proven ineffective. Bilateral total hip replacement surgery replaces both hips at the same time. It is relatively uncommon for cartilage wear in hips to progress at a same rate, such that a bilateral hip replacement is necessary.

The patient, a 60-year-old woman who consented to the Twittercast, will be under general anesthesia as Dr. Alden performs the surgery. After the surgery, Dr. Alden says that the pain the patient has been experiencing should go away and she will receive gait training in physical therapy to help her resume her mobility.

Of the bilateral single-session approach, Dr. Alden says “This is a way for her to recover faster – she’ll have one anesthesia, one surgery, one rehabilitation. For people with two bad hips this is a good option.’

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Coverage starts at 7:30 a.m. (CST), Monday, Aug. 6

About The Joint Center of Excellence at West Suburban Medical Center

In January, Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center opened a new Joint Center of Excellence offering the latest treatment options for hip and knee pain – including minimally invasive joint replacement procedures with rapid-recovery techniques. The program brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts – orthopedic surgeons, specially trained nurses, technicians and therapists – who provide comprehensive care to patients throughout the process, from diagnosis to treatment to post-surgical care.

Offering the latest surgical options, patients benefit from shorter recovery times, improved healing following surgery, decreased post-operative pain and nausea, and minimal scarring with the new closure techniques. Comprehensive patient services include: community outreach seminars for those considering joint replacement, an informative class for patients and families prior to surgery, patient education and support, daily newsletters while in the hospital and reunion luncheons after ‘graduation.’

About Dr. Kris Alden

Kris J. Alden, M.D., P.h.D., a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, is medical director of Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center’s Joint Center of Excellence. Dr. Alden has expertise and special interest in hip and knee replacement, minimally invasive hip and knee surgery, revision joint replacement surgery and hip resurfacing.

Dr. Alden attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While there, he received a prestigious National Institutes of Health fellowship to complete biophysics research in the highly selective joint M.D./P.h.D. program. After completing his M.D./P.h.D., Dr. Alden specialized in orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and completed a fellowship in hip and knee reconstruction at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

As the author of multiple scientific publications and book chapters in the fields of biophysics and arthritis surgery, Dr. Alden lectures and teaches courses for orthopedic surgeons around the country. He has presented his clinical research at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and other national meetings and is actively involved in the development of new techniques in arthritis surgery.