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Orthopaedic Patient Stories at UPMC in South Central Pa.

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Diane — Total Knee Replacement with Robotic-arm Assisted Surgery

Diane suffered from ever increasing knee pain due to arthritis for many years. She used to love to walk and ride a bike, but her knee pain was preventing her from being able to do those things. Diane decided it was time to do something about her pain and went to Orthopaedic Specialists of Central PA where she had a total knee replacement utilizing robotic-arm assisted surgery. She got back on her feet and was pain free quickly!

"For the last 5-6 years, all my experiences and doctor’s that I have seen from PinnacleHealth Spine Care Center and my Nurse Navigator have given me my quality of life back by reducing my pain and honoring my conservative treatment to postpone surgery until needed."


Cherie — Knee Replacement with Robotic-arm Assisted Surgery

Cherie is a passionate line dancer, dog lover, teacher, and community member who was finding it difficult to perform her daily routine without pain.

Cherie suffered from knee pain for years and realized something needed to be done when it began interfering with her passion for line dancing. She and her physician, George Peter Margetas, DO, orthopaedic surgeon, tried a conservative approach, but it was not working for her. Dr. Margetas recommended robotic-arm assisted knee replacement surgery, and in September, Cherie had the procedure done at the new UPMC Memorial.

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