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July 16, 2021

Living with hip or knee pain? Learn about treatment alternatives at free information program

Saint Anne’s Hospital’s live virtual program on July 27 will feature info about the latest in robotic-arm assisted knee and hip joint replacement

Jerald KatzFall River, MA – If joint pain is affecting your ability to walk up and down stairs, get a good night’s sleep, or enjoy your favorite activities, join orthopedic surgeon Jerald W. Katz, MD, when he presents “Understanding Knee and Hip Pain Treatment” on Tuesday, July 27, in a free virtual program from 6-7 p.m.

During this interactive program, Dr. Katz will explain joint pain due to osteoarthritis and other causes. You’ll learn about the range of remedies to relieve that pain, including advanced Mako surgical technology for joint replacement, and be able to ask questions.

What is Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery?

Mako’s innovative robotic-arm assisted surgery system uses unique interactive technology that allows orthopedic surgeons to achieve a high level of accuracy in joint implant alignment and positioning. Patients report lower pain scores, shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery, and a more natural feeling that allows greater mobility and a return to an active lifestyle.

Saint Anne’s is the most experienced hospital in Massachusetts to offer Mako for joint replacement. In April 2011, Saint Anne’s Hospital became the first in the state to introduce Mako for partial knee replacement, followed by total hip replacement in 2012 and total knee replacement in 2017. To date, Saint Anne’s surgeons have performed more than 1,200 Mako procedures. Worldwide, more than 300,000 Mako procedures have been performed.

This virtual program will be presented online via Microsoft Teams. There is no charge, but advance registration is required. To receive instructions to join the program, please register at least one day in advance by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-knee-and-hip-pain-treatment-and-joint-replacement-options-tickets-162845520335 or by calling 508-689-3944.

About Saint Anne’s Hospital Center for Orthopedic Excellence

Saint Anne’s Hospital’s award-winning Center for Orthopedic Excellence offers advanced joint replacement care. 

Saint Anne’s orthopedic clinical team includes board-certified surgeons and anesthesiologists, registered nurses specializing in orthopedics, and physical and occupational therapists with advanced training.  Patients and families participate in a pre-surgical education class to prepare for surgery and are guided through the surgical planning and rehabilitation process by an orthopedic nurse navigator dedicated to assisting joint replacement patients. Prospective patients also have access to a team of “orthopedic patient ambassadors,” experienced joint-replacement patients who are available to share their hospital experience, recovery and rehabilitation. 

In addition to knee and hip replacement, Saint Anne’s Center for Orthopedic Excellence capabilities include arthroscopic surgery, hand surgery, surgical and non-surgical sports medicine, orthopedic trauma, pediatric orthopedics, arm and shoulder surgery (including total shoulder replacement), concussion management, and general orthopedics. 

In recognition of its excellence in joint replacement, Saint Anne’s Hospital has been awarded advanced certification for hip and knee replacement by The Joint Commission since 2016 and has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Hip and Knee Replacement by Blue Cross Blue Shield since 2011.

About Dr. Jerald Katz

A member of Steward Medical Group, Dr. Katz is a graduate of New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. He completed his internship in general surgery at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, and served as chief resident for orthopedic surgery at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston City Hospital in Boston, as well as the Lahey Clinic in Burlington and Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Springfield. Dr. Katz also completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at Shriners Hospital in Tampa, FL.