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Total Hip Replacement at UPMC in South Central Pa.

Robotic-arm assisted total hip replacement is a surgical procedure intended for patients who suffer from non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease (DJD). Some forms of DJD include osteoarthritis (OA), post-traumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), avascular necrosis (AVN) and hip dysplasia.

Robotic-arm assisted surgery for total hip replacement is performed at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg and UPMC Lititz. The benefits of the robotic-arm assisted surgery can include:

  • More precise joint alignment
  • Less soft tissue damage resulting in less pain, less blood loss
  • Healthy tissue and bone preserved
  • Optimal implant positioning Improved early mobility

Robotic surgery is typically covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurers.

How Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology Works

Robotic-arm assisted technology provides you with a personalized surgical plan based on your unique anatomy. First, a CT scan of the diseased hip joint is taken. This CT scan is uploaded into the robotic software, where a 3D model of your hip is created. This 3D model is used to pre-plan and assist your surgeon in performing your joint replacement procedure.

In the operating room, your surgeon follows your personalized surgical plan while preparing the bone for the implant. The surgeon guide the robotic-arm within the pre-defined area and stays within the planned boundaries that were defined when the personalized pre-operative plan was created.

To determine whether total hip replacement is right for you, your provider will complete the following steps:

  • Step 1. Hip CT Scan
  • Step 2. Hip Personalized Planning

It is important to understand that the surgery is performed by an orthopaedic surgeon, who guides the robotic-arm during the surgery to position the implant in the hip joints. The robotic-arm does not perform surgery, make decisions on its own, or move without the surgeon guiding it. The robotic-arm assisted technology also allows your surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed.

If you think you may be a candidate for robotic-arm assisted surgery, your first step is to call 717-791-2620 or complete our online form and representative will contact you.

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