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FEATURE:

New Option for
Hip and Knee
Replacements Offers
Robotic Precision
Are you living with knee or hip pain that prevents you
from doing things you want to do? Don't let it! Many
treatment options exist to help you get back on your feet.
Treatment for joint pain varies for each person and can
include diet, exercise, medications, and physical therapy. When
knee or hip pain and loss of function become severe or medicines
and other treatments no longer relieve pain, your doctor may
recommend joint replacement.
Joint replacement surgery is becoming more common.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,
more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed in the
United States each year. The American Academy of Orthopaedic
Surgeons projects the number of total knee replacements
performed annually will almost double by 2030 as more patients
choose to resume their active lives.
Fortunately, patients today have more options than ever for
joint replacement surgery, including robotic-arm assisted surgery
for partial and total knee replacement.

* 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.

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.
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The Advantages of Robotic-arm-Assisted Joint
Replacement Surgery
At UPMC Memorial, one of the treatment options we
offer patients is robotic-arm assisted surgery. 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


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