Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ted Firestone and Kelly McCullough, general manager of KAET Channel 8, Arizona’s PBS, with their Emmy Awards for The Latest Procedure: Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery.

Emmy Award goes to Scottsdale Healthcare surgeon

Scottsdale Healthcare orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ted Firestone received a Rocky Mountain  Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for The Latest Procedure: Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery, produced in collaboration with KAET Channel 8, Arizona’s PBS. The one-hour feature won the award for best informational program at the awards ceremony held at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Oct. 19.

The Latest Procedure took viewers into the operating room at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center for a firsthand look at minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. Dr. Firestone, director of Hip Surgery at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, discussed the procedure in detail including the differences and benefits.

The Latest Procedure: Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery can be viewed online at AZPBS.org and Dr. Firestone’s website TJRCS.com. The program follows Dr. Firestone as he meets with patients, explains the surgical hardware and offers a tour of the operating room at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea  Medical Center.

Viewers not only scrub in with Dr. Firestone, they get a surgeon’s-eye view of the operation through a mini-cam strapped to his head while he offers a play-by-play description of the operation.

“In my experience, patients undergoing anterior hip replacement versus the conventional posterior surgery leave the hospital a full day earlier. I’ve also found that they experience less post-op pain and require fewer precautions,” added Dr. Firestone.

Only hours after the surgery, Dr. Firestone meets with his patient as she walks down the hallway in the specially designed Total Joint Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center.

“I’ve been performing anterior hip replacement for five years using a special orthopedic table that allows x-rays to be obtained during the procedure, which helps improve the accuracy of component positioning and leg length determination,” explained Dr. Firestone.

The 2013 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards were presented Oct. 19 by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Latest Procedure: Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery was honored in the Informational/Instructional category.

Theodore Firestone, MD, FACS is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement with special emphasis in complex joint reconstruction and revision surgery. He practices exclusively at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital.

The Total Joint Centers at Scottsdale Healthcare are specially designed hospital units with a complete pre-operative patient education process to post-operative physical therapy and rehabilitation, with dedicated orthopedic nursing and clinical staff working with patients to accelerate the recovery process.

For more information about joint replacement services at Scottsdale Healthcare, visit shc.org/ortho.

Scottsdale Healthcare is a community-based, not-for-profit health system which includes Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers, Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and outpatient services. For more information, visit www.shc.org.