Uniquely Made for You: West Chester Hospital Among First in Nation with New Hip Replacement Technology

Dr. Todd Kelley holds a model of a hip joint. Dr. Kelley helped pioneer the use of laser-guided positioning for hip replacements. With the Corin OPS system, surgeons can more precisely align a replacement hip joint with the patient’s anatomy.

Each person moves their pelvis and hips uniquely, depending on his or her individual physical build and activities of daily living. West Chester Hospital now offers a state-of-the-art technology that simulates a patient’s anatomy for optimal total hip replacement and improved patient outcomes.

Todd Kelley, MD, a UC Health orthopaedic surgeon at West Chester Hospital, was one of the first surgeons in the nation to use the Corin Optimized Positioning System™ (OPS) – the only FDA-approved technology of its kind.

“This technology looks at every patient from an individual perspective and determines how the hip implant can be placed to simulate their unique anatomy and how the hip moves in relation to the pelvis,” says Dr. Kelley.

Several years ago, Dr. Kelley developed the idea for an innovative patient-specific hip replacement guide. He worked with the University of Cincinnati Biomedical Engineering department to obtain a grant and a patent. This research, unrelated to the OPS™ product, is what prompted Corin to choose Dr. Kelley as one of nine surgeons across the country to use their OPS™ technology for the first time.

Traditionally, surgeons only relied on their vision to ensure proper hip implant alignment. Now, the groundbreaking OPS™ technology provides optimal alignment through two steps:

  • Step 1 – A patient undergoes medical imaging to capture their unique anatomical geometry. An engineering team uses specialized software to analyze and determine orientation and subsequently a unique 3D guide is printed.
  • Step 2 – During the operation, the 3D guide is placed into the socket of the hip bone and the surgeon uses a simple laser-guided system to quickly and accurately achieve the precise orientation.

“I was confident using the new tool during the surgery, due to my related research,” says Dr. Kelley. “I trusted the technology and felt comfortable following the guide.”

Each surgery is tailored to each patient, optimizing his or her outcome. “I think long-term we will see that it’s beneficial to help improve the range of motion with the replacement hip. Complications will decrease and the implant will last longer.”

To receive the name of an orthopaedic surgeon at West Chester Hospital, call (513) 298-DOCS (3627).

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