Whatever your condition may be, whatever you need in terms of diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, for knee care that's second to none in Northeastern Pennsylvania, you'll find the finest orthopaedic services at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
The orthopaedic surgeons at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital are broadly skilled in the most up-to-date arthroscopic methodologies and techniques. The same applies to our extensive knee joint replacement capabilities.
Total knee replacement (knee arthroplasty) is a major procedure in which the injured or damaged parts of the knee may be replaced with artificial parts. Osteoarthritis is usually an underlying factor in choosing knee replacement. Other factors that may make you a candidate for this procedure include:
- Regular, intense pain
- Pain that's severe enough to restrict your work, recreation and other ordinary activities
- Significant stiffness, instability or deformity in the knee
For patients needing knee replacement surgery, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital is changing the surgical experience with the PiGalileo computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery system. Now surgeons can have an even greater degree of confidence in the precise placement of surgical knee implants—one of the most important factors in a successful recovery.
The PiGalileo system uses a computer-automated mechanical guide to aid the surgeon in implant placement. Miniaturized robotics guide and manipulate instruments for precise alignment during the procedure.
During knee replacement surgery, the PiGalileo system automatically senses landmarks on both the patient’s femur and tibia. Special markers on the surgical instruments enable the computer to precisely track the instruments’ position as they are attached to the leg bones. Based on the patient’s unique physiology, the computer calculates the optimal position for placement of the knee implants. The orthopedic surgeon remains in control of the procedure at all times, choosing when and where to secure the implants, based on the computer’s guidance. As a result, the system greatly increases the accuracy of implant placement.
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital is only the fourth site in the nation to offer this advanced orthopedic surgery system.
In all cases, the experts at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital will provide you with care that's advanced, thorough and appropriate to your particular condition. From the smallest arthroscopic procedure to total knee replacement, count on us for the treatment, therapy and rehabilitation you need to return to pain-free living and far better quality of life.