St. Mary’s Regional Joint Replacement Center
St. Mary’s Regional Joint Replacement Center has been a busy place this summer, thanks to the work of three distinguished surgeons and a new approach to patient education that is getting great reviews from people who need total hip or knee replacement. The center’s affiliated physicians are all members of Scott Orthopedic Center, and they include Kyle R. Hegg, MD, Vivek Neginhal, MD, and Steven C. Lochow, MD.
Dr. Steven Lochow
Dr. Lochow is the newest addition to the team. He grew up right here in the Tri-State, excelling in athletics and academics at Russell High School in Kentucky before following the path to become an orthopedic surgeon.
“It’s great to come home,” Dr. Lochow said. “This is home for my wife and me, and there’s no better place to raise a family than the Tri-State. I always felt like the area gave me a lot growing up, and I always planned to come back here and give back to the community.”
Dr. Lochow recently completed a trauma fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, and he brings the newest techniques in orthopedic trauma reconstruction, hip surgery and minimally invasive total hip replacements to St. Mary’s. That includes the use of a new state-of-the-art surgical table at St. Mary’s called the PROfx.
The PROfx surgical table allows Dr. Lochow to spare the patient’s muscles by using the anterior approach to total hip replacement surgery in which no muscles are cut or detached from the bone.
“That allows patients to recover faster, and there are fewer restrictions after surgery because patients can get up and walk sooner,” Dr. Lochow said.
The surgical table also is used to treat trauma victims who need complicated pelvic surgery after an accident.
“We place the patient’s feet in boots that are attached to the legs of the table,” Lochow stated. “By using the table, it allows us to move their hips to positions that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. It also allows us better access to the fractures. I used the PROfx table at St. Mary’s recently for treatment of a pelvic fracture that allowed the patient to have one surgery with just one incision instead of the more traditional two incisions and two surgeries.”
Pepper Kitchen, RNFA, orthopedic specialty leader in the surgery department at St. Mary’s oversaw the acquisition of the new surgical table last year.
“We’ve already seen the tremendous benefit for patients from this technology,” Kitchen said. “Studies have shown this approach to surgery is the best, and we’re proud to have it here at St. Mary’s.”
Dr. Vivek Neginhal
Dr. Vivek Neginhal is the only surgeon in Huntington who is fellowship trained in total joint replacement. Dr. Neginhal studied at Lenox Hill Hospital, Cornell University, with emphasis on surgical arthritis and uncommon primary joint replacements. He also was a fellow at the University of Chicago with emphasis on minimally invasive techniques and reconstructive surgeries of the hip and knee. Dr. Neginhal received additional training at one of the nation’s busiest trauma centers in Houston.
“Dr. Neginhal has a true connection with his patients, and we always hear great feedback from the people he’s treated,” said LouAnn Waldron, St. Mary’s Regional Joint Replacement Center coordinator. “Dr. Neginhal’s practice has grown significantly over the past year from satisfied patients who’ve spread the word to friends and family about the great care they’ve received from Dr. Neginhal, Scott Orthopedics and St. Mary’s.”
Dr. Kyle Hegg
Dr. Kyle Hegg has been providing orthopedic excellence for nearly a quarter century in Huntington and is the senior member of the team of surgeons who serve patients through the St. Mary’s Regional Joint Replacement Center. Dr. Hegg received his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School and was recently inducted into the Marshall University Sports Medicine Hall of Fame.
“Scott Orthopedic Center and St. Mary’s have enjoyed a long partnership over the years and that serves patients well,” Dr. Hegg said. “I think we have a great team in place, and I enjoy working with Dr. Neginhal and Dr. Lochow.”
Patient Education and Care
St. Mary’s Regional Joint Replacement Center recently developed new patient education materials that help patients both before and after surgery. The program is based on a wellness model and represents a collaborative effort among physicians, nurses and occupational and physical therapists who are instructed to care for patients according to the model. Patients seeking care through the St. Mary’s Regional Joint Replacement Center are asked to attend a pre-operative education class approximately four weeks before surgery. They also maintain a comprehensive notebook throughout the process.
Patients are asked to choose a relative, friend or neighbor to serve as their joint replacement “coach,” who will attend the education class and participate in all aspects of patient care.
At the Joint Replacement Center, patients are offered a hotel-type experience with private rooms, and they only wear a hospital gown the day of their surgery. They receive daily newsletters and participate in group rehabilitation sessions, which emphasize camaraderie and friendly competition.
“If there are no problems or complications, patients are released on the third day,” Waldron said. “They are usually comfortable returning home because they know what to expect.”
“There are other joint replacement programs in the area, but we are very excited about what we offer here at St. Mary’s,” Waldron said. “We provide a unique, very comprehensive program based on education and patient care. After spending a few days with us, our patients will be able to spend the rest of their lives doing the things they love.”
Thomas Elmore of Lawrence County, Ohio, recently had one of his knee joints replaced at St. Mary’s Regional Joint Replacement.
“I tell everybody I was treated like a king up there,” Elmore said. “The care was fantastic and great all around.”
For more information about St. Mary’s Regional Joint Replacement Center, or to schedule an appointment, call Center Coordinator Lou Ann Waldron at (304) 526-1311.