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In the O.R., UPMC surgeons perform a
procedure to improve the patient's quality of life.

Fortunately, patients today have more
options than ever for joint replacement
surgery, including robotic-arm assisted
surgery for partial and total knee or total
hip replacement.
About Knee and Hip Replacements
Knee and hip replacement surgeries are
usually necessary when the joint is worn
or damaged resulting in your mobility
being reduced and pain even while resting.
The most common reasons for this lack of
mobility and pain include the following:
* Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective
cartilage that cushions the ends of your
bones wears down over time at the joints.
* Rheumatoid arthritis causes the joints to
become swollen, stiff, and painful (inflamed) and over time can destroy
the joint tissues.
* Post-traumatic arthritis is a common
form of osteoarthritis and occurs due to a
physical injury of a joint.

The Advantages of Robotic-arm Assisted
Joint Replacement Surgery
At UPMC Lititz, one of the treatment
options we offer patients is robotic-arm
assisted surgery. UPMC Lititz is currently
the only hospital in Lancaster County to offer
this procedure. This technology is changing
the way joint replacement surgeries are
performed by providing each patient with
a personalized plan based on their specific
diagnosis and unique anatomy-delivered
with robotic precision. This is the key to
a more natural-feeling joint after surgery.
That is why UPMC Lititz offers robotic-arm
assisted surgery for partial and total knee
replacement as well as total hip replacement.
How Robotic-arm Assisted Joint
Replacement Surgery Is Performed
Before surgery, a CT scan of your hip or
knee is taken and turned into a three-dimensional virtual model. The CT model is
loaded into the robotic-arm assisted system
software and allows your surgeon to create
a personalized surgical plan based on your
unique anatomy.

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During surgery, the doctor guides the
robotic-arm in preparing the bone for
implant. This technology helps prevent
going outside of the boundaries defined by
the CT model, protecting the soft tissue of
the ligaments around the hip or knee. This
provides more accurate placement and alignment of the implant. This in turn results in
more natural knee motion following surgery.
In many cases, patients are permitted to
walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two
weeks, and return to normal daily activities
shortly afterward. The entire health care team
will work with you to set goals to get you
back to daily life including activities such
as walking, biking, swimming, and golfing.
Don't Live with Hip and Knee Pain
If knee or hip pain is keeping you up at
night, making it difficult for you to walk
up or down stairs or participate in other
activities you enjoy see if joint replacement
surgery is right for you. To learn more
about robotic-arm assisted surgery, visit
UPMCPinnacle.com/OrthoRobotics.


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