Nearly half of American adults will develop knee osteoarthritis in at least one knee during their lifetime. Dr. Jeffrey Hodrick from TriStar Centennial Medical Center’s Southern Joint Replacement Institute joined us on a recent episode of Community Health Matters to discuss advancements in knee replacement surgery. View his segment here.

In the United States, the most common reason for a surgical knee replacement is severe osteoarthritis, which is most common in older people. Total knee replacements are performed on patients with knee pain, instability, injury or disability that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment and affects quality of life. If your knee pain prohibits you from doing something you love or bothers you daily – it’s time to consider surgery.

By 2030, total knee replacement surgeries are projected to grow 673 percent to 3.5 million procedures per year. The Southern Joint Replacement Institute specializes in total joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder, and is transforming the way these surgeries are performed by utilizing the latest robotic-arm assisted applications.

Dr. Hodrick made history as the hospital’s first surgeon to perform a knee replacement with robotic technology. Through 3D modeling of bone anatomy, the new robotic technology creates a personalized surgical plan with greater accuracy and precision. It is also less invasive with less postoperative pain than traditional joint replacement methods. Anyone who is eligible for a knee replacement would benefit from this replacement technique.

To help prevent the need for a joint replacement, keep your joints healthy and feeling good by maintaining a proper weight, taking over-the-counter pain medications, exercising, and visiting your physician if problems arise. Cortisone injections, braces and physical therapy can also be a last step before surgery.

For more information on joint replacement surgery, visit ANationInMotion.org and SJRI.com.

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