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September 25. 2013 7:34PM

Revolution in joint replacement offered in Lakes Region

LACONIA — A revolution in joint replacement, MAKOplasty is now being offered at Lakes Region General Hospital.

More than 46 million Americans suffer from joint pain in their hips or knees caused by arthritis. If you are one of those people, you don’t need anyone to tell you how disruptive joint pain is to your life. Just ask Barbara Coons, an active woman who enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking and walking with friends.

However, osteoarthritis was taking a toll on her joints, and it became clear she needed a hip replacement.

“The pain in my hip and leg was just awful. I could no longer climb stairs in my home, and I had difficulty getting in and out of my car,” she recalled.

Barbara tried medication and injection therapy with no relief. After dealing with increasing pain and interruption to her daily life, she began researching the possibility of traditional hip-replacement surgery. She worried it would mean a long, painful recuperation, but her orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jeremy Hogan, suggested an alternative option; anterior hip-replacement surgery, using the new state-of-the-art MAKOplasty® system.

Anterior hip-replacement surgery involves a smaller incision at the front of the hip instead of through the buttocks or the side of the hip. The approach involves less cutting into major muscle groups, and patients typically experience less pain and fewer complications than a standard posterior hip replacement.

In conventional hip replacement, patients must limit hip motion for six to eight weeks after surgery, and they must limit flexing of the hip, which complicates normal activities like sitting in a chair, putting on shoes or getting into a car. Dr. Hogan performed MAKOplasty® anterior hip surgery on Coons at Lakes Region General Hospital.

Anterior hip replacement allows patients to immediately bend their hip freely and bear full weight when comfortable, resulting in a more rapid return to normal function.

Dr. Hogan is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in orthopedic reconstruction and arthritis surgery. He is certified to do MAKOplasty® knee resurfacing and MAKOplasty® total hip replacement. Dr. Hogan performs robot-assisted direct anterior hip replacement surgery at Lakes Region General Hospital.

Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists in Franklin, Gilford and Meredith, and Dr. Arnold Miller at the Laconia Clinic are the first and only orthopedic team north of Boston to earn MAKOplasty certification and provide this revolutionary robotic procedure.

Learn more by attending a community information session or visit lrgh.org.


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