Some hip, knee replacement patients heading home within hours of surgery

20150630RARmagknee2-1Imagine going to sleep with chronic joint pain, waking up without pain and walking out of the hospital the same day. For Daniel Currie, 57, of Franklin Park, this was no dream. After suffering with osteoarthritis for more than a decade, Mr. Currie had a three-hour hip replacement surgery and was discharged from West Penn Hospital hours later. He is one of a growing number of people having same-day joint replacements. Both knee and hip replacements typically require an average hospital stay of two to three days. Allegheny Health Network 1½ years ago began offering same-day total hip replacements. In May, the first same-day total knee replacement was performed at Allegheny General Hospital. “There is a huge economic push to make this procedure less expensive and quicker.” Still, not all hospital systems are making this jump.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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