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First Knee, Hip Replacements Done In Kimball

On Monday, the final preparations were made.

On Tuesday, the Kimball hospital began a new era.

The hospital conducted the first ever knee and hip replacement surgeries in Kimball. The two patients are from Burns, Wyoming, and Kimball. The replacement surgery started about 10 a.m.

Dr. Jeffrey MacMillian, who is new to Kimball Health Services, explained that the surgical team is much like an orchestra, with the Microport representative as the conductor and he, the doctor, is the soloist.

Chloe Liebsock is the Mircoport representative. Microport is the company that MacMillian uses for his replacements.

Without taking his eyes off the surgical field, the doctor requests tools and the representative hands the doctor the requested tools.

MacMillian estimated that the first surgeries will take about an hour, but they intend to get the time down to 45 minutes.

Monday and Tuesday are designated as joint replacement days for MacMillian.

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