Discoveries Magazine


Hip to the Fix

hipDebra Hambleton left Cedars-Sinai recently with a new right hip – and the honor of being the first patient to undergo surgery in the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion.

Debra, who lives in Oxnard, had her right hip replaced on Friday, June 21, in Operating Room 7 on the fifth floor of the Pavilion in the Sue and Bill Gross Surgery and Procedure Center. She was taken into the OR at 7:30 a.m. by a team led by Cedars-Sinai Medical Group orthopedic surgeon Robert C. Klapper, MD, who performed a total of six surgeries that day. Down the hall, neurosurgeon Michael J. Alexander, MD, began his first procedure in the outpatient Neurointerventional suite.

“The new building is beautiful, and the pre-op area seems much more spacious, but it’s the people here who make it special,” said Debra as she prepared to be discharged from her hospital room in one of the inpatient towers, two days after her surgery. “Everyone has been so wonderful, and I feel good — although I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed.”

The 50,000-square-foot Procedure Center features eight general surgical rooms and serves as the new home for outpatient and morning-admitted orthopedics patients. In addition, it features two interventional radiology rooms and two cardiac catheterization labs. The cath labs are expected to open in October.

“It was a tremendous honor to take my team from the main OR to the Pavilion and be the first to operate here,” says Dr. Klapper, who is director of the Joint Replacement Program at Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center. “The staff has been remarkable. You can just feel the love and passion of everyone involved in making this project a success, starting from the top down.”

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2 Responses

  1. Aubrey P says:

    Dr. Andrew Spitzer did my hip replacement 8/12/8 and is not surgery, but a piece of art. My annual tune up appointments, however, are a bit of task. When cloning is front page of “Discoveries” and perfected, put Dr. A. Spitzer on the list.

    Best of success with the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion.


  2. Michael DeBusk says:

    I was referred to and met with Doctor Brad Penenberg some weeks back and must say, that he was very kind, extremely knowledgeable, concerned and caring regarding my medical issue with the left prosthesis. He took his time to explain the radio-graphs and other issues with my (R) hip as well. After meeting with Dr. Penenberg, I will have surgery in March 2015 and I feel that I have made the right decision in coming to Dr. Penenberg for this revision. By the way, this will make revision (# 5) which all previously revisions (4) were done at UCLA. I sincerely feel that I am now in the right hands for this up coming procedure. Thank you Dr. Penenberg for being so kind.
    Michael D.
    USMC Ret.

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