Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement

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Anyone who has suffered with arthritis can attest to the severity of pain and stiffness this disease can cause. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of joint disease, weakens and breaks down cartilage and bone, causing pain as bones rub together.

Additionally, traumatic injuries, other diseases such as osteonecrosis, or simply years of use may cause a joint to wear away. This can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling.

Today, there is help for those who have severe pain or disability due to the breakdown of cartilage and bone. Total joint replacement, particularly of the knees and hips, has demonstrated to be an extremely successful type of surgical procedure in relieving pain and providing good mobility for patients of all ages.

At the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute, our goal is to offer the most sophisticated medical and surgical technologies aimed at improving quality of life. Through a partnership with each patient, our specialists provide a personalized treatment plan tailored to allow individuals to return to a normal lifestyle and eliminate pain.

We also offer novel approaches to manage and minimize pain associated with total joint replacement surgeries. Pain management actually begins before surgery. Patients take medications to reduce pain prior to surgery and pain medications are injected directly into the hip or knee joint. The goal is to reduce pain, facilitate physical therapy and return patients to an active lifestyle as soon as possible.

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After partial knee replacement surgery, Kathleen's back gardening, hiking and walking the family's best friend.