News Release

January 2, 2007

Contact: Jane Shaskan, 860-679-4777

The Latest in Knee and Hip Replacement

Discovery Series January 18

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Learn about the latest techniques in knee and hip replacement surgery from a nationally recognized joint replacement surgeon at the next Discovery Series, Thursday, Jan. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the UConn Health Center’s Keller Auditorium. (Snow date is Jan. 25.)

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, joint replacement is becoming more and more common. About 435,000 Americans have a hip or knee replaced each year. Research has shown that even if you are older, joint replacement can help you move around and feel better.

Jay R. Lieberman, M.D., chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and director the Musculoskeletal Institute at UConn Health Center, who is presenting, says osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease. It weakens and breaks down cartilage and bone, causing pain as bones rub together. In its early stages, many people manage arthritis pain by using anti-inflammatory medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen, he explained.

However, Dr. Lieberman says, as the disease progresses the pain intensifies. “When it gets to the point where everyday, normal activities such as putting on shoes and socks or walking up stairs become too painful,” he says, “total joint replacement surgery is an attractive option to restore movement and independence, and to dramatically reduce pain.”

Discovery Series programs are free, but registration is required. Call 679-7692 or toll free 800-535-6232.

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