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Allegheny Health Network Offers Innovative Joint Treatment

Allegheny Health Network (AHN) is offering solutions to those suffering from joint problems with innovative treatments such as one-day knee replacements, bilateral (or dual) knee and hip replacements, and the use of the MAKO™ robotic-arm system.

These advancements offer shorter recovery time and shorter hospital stays, allowing patients a quicker path to mobility.

"We are anticipating a growing demand for advanced orthopaedic care in the community by further enhancing and expanding our joint replacement program, and making it one of the premier services in the country," said Patrick J. DeMeo, MD, Professor and Chair of AHN's Orthopaedic Institute, and Medical Director, Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Organization.

Doctors at AHN have already performed more than 100 procedures using the MAKO™ Partial Knee Arthroplasty and MAKO™ Total Hip Arthroplasty.

The knee procedure involves resurfacing the diseased portion of the knee, followed by an implant that is secured in the joint. Hip replacement involves total reconstruction of the hip's ball and socket joint with an artificial implant.

In both procedures, the MAKO™ Robotic-Arm System creates a 3-D model of a patient's hip or knee, based on a CT scan. During surgery, MAKO™ gives real-time data
to the surgeon, who controls a robotic arm, to give the best positioning for an implant.

"Accuracy is key in planning and performing both partial knee and total hip procedures," said orthopaedic surgeon Robert Lupo, MD, of AHN's Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute. "For a good outcome, you need to align and position the implants just right. MAKO™ enables surgeons to personalize partial knee and total hip arthroplasties to achieve optimal results at a level of accuracy and reproducibility previously unattainable with conventional instrumentation."

Some of the benefits of MAKO™ Partial Knee Arthroplasty and Total Hip Arthroplasty include:

  • Less implant wear or loosening.
  • Better alignment of a hip implant reduces the likelihood of hip dislocation or other complications, including rubbing or reduced range of motion.
  • Less invasive surgery, and a quicker recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional surgery. AHN surgeons are also performing one-day knee surgeries, allowing patients to return home within 24 hours of surgery. Advanced pain management techniques without the use of narcotics get patients into rehabilitation faster.

"It's really revolutionized a patient's length of stay, as well as postoperative pain management, and the ability to be mobile," said Thomas Corkery, DO, Chief Medical Officer at AHN's Canonsburg Hospital. "It speeds up the process of being functional and mobile."

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For more information about any of AHN's innovative joint treatments, call 412.DOCTORS or go to www.ahn.org.



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