For more than 30 years, the Kennedy Center has been a leader in providing innovative, state of the art care to our patients. We proudly offer individualized care and a wide range of orthopedic options.
Under the medical direction of Jeffrey McLaughlin, MD, the Kennedy Center has grown to be the largest hip center in Wisconsin. Our surgeons tailor their procedures to each patient’s unique needs.
“Every patient is special and important to me,” explains Dr. McLaughlin. “Our medical team will design the best treatment option possible for each person.”
As an independent orthopedic practice, the Kennedy Center collaborates with Ascension Mercy Hospital in Oshkosh and its Affinity partners. We work closely with local primary physicians, referring orthopedic surgeons, as well as physical therapists to coordinate comprehensive patient care.
The Kennedy Center for the Hip and Knee is an international leader in titanium total hip replacements. The Taperloc femoral component, designed by Dr. William Kennedy in 1982 and modified by Dr. Jeffrey McLaughlin in 1993, is the most successful titanium hip in the world.
At 26 years, less than 1% of these amazing implants have loosened. Titanium is a flexible material that bends without breaking and stimulates bone growth surrounding the implant. Your bone actually grows into the implant fixing it rigidly to your hip. These implants are a major reason for the Center’s remarkable success.
In 2010, Dr. Jeffrey McLaughlin won the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation’s Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Clinical Paper Award for his research. He presented the Kennedy Center’s 26-year experience with the Taperloc Titanium stem. With loosening as the statistical endpoint, 99% of these implants survived for 26 years. These results included diverse patient groups including young, old, highly active and overweight patients.
Dr. McLaughlin has presented these results at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Japanese Hip Society, The Harvard Hip Symposium and the European Hip Society. He has personally performed over 15,000 total joint replacements, twice as many as any other orthopedic surgeon in Wisconsin.
A recent advancement in hip replacement is a procedure called, Rapid Recovery Hip Replacement. It employs a combination of minimally invasive surgery, a titanium implant and a dramatically stronger bearing surface.
Rapid Recovery is especially important for younger people aged 40-60 who have osteoarthritis and need a total hip replacement. Typically, these patients are laborers – such as electricians, masons, carpenters and farmers. Before Rapid Recovery, these patients would not be able to return to their former jobs after total hip replacement. Now using Rapid Recovery’s new technology, they can return to their prior job and continue to do the heavy lifting and bending required.
The anterior approach hip replacement is a minimally invasive technique designed to preserve muscle and reduce trauma to the surrounding tissue. The principle advantage of an anterior hip replacement is the reduction in restrictions following surgery; some patients report less pain and a quicker recovery. This approach may not be appropriate for some very muscular or heavy patients.
The anterior approach hip replacement was first described by Dr. Smith-Peterson at Harvard’s Massachusetts Hospitalin 1924. Dr. McLaughlin trained at Harvard and first began using the anterior hip replacement as a senior resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1989. Dr. Lee Riley Jr,the Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Hopkins, used the anterior approach for all of his patients undergoing total hip replacement surgery. Dr. McLaughlin has used this minimally invasive hip replacement in selected patients since he started practice in 1993. Due to improvements in surgical techniques and instrumentation, he now uses the anterior hip replacement surgery for the majority of his patients undergoing total hip replacements.
Visit Dr. McLaughlin today to see if an anterior hip replacement is right for you.