Living with knee or hip pain? Learn about treatment alternatives from an orthopedic surgeon

Friday, October 11, 2013

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Saint Anne’s Hospital’s free program will explain range of treatment options

Fall River, MA – If hip or knee pain has you worrying about how you’ll keep up during the coming holiday season, you can learn from an orthopedic surgeon and a recent patient how innovative robotic-arm assisted technology has changed the way local surgeons are treating one of the most common reasons for joint pain.

Orthopedic surgeon Jerald W. Katz, MD, will present “Living with Knee or Hip Pain?" on Thursday, November 7, from 6-7 p.m. at the Venus de Milo, 75 GAR Highway (Route 6), Somerset.

Chair of orthopedics at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Dr. Katz will explain joint pain due to osteoarthritis and other causes, and highlight the range of remedies to relieve that pain, including a locally available, advanced surgical procedure called MAKOplasty.

In addition to hearing Dr. Katz, attendees can meet Steven Velho, a 39-year-old resident of Somerset who also is the lead CT technologist at Saint Anne’s Hospital. In his role at the hospital, Steve has been instrumental in helping surgeons plan hundreds of MAKOplasty procedures. At the same time, due to normal wear and tear associated with his active lifestyle, he found that he had developed significant knee pain due to early-stage osteoarthritis. In September, he chose to undergo MAKOplasty, a less invasive alternative to traditional knee replacement surgery, and was back to work slightly less than three weeks later.

MAKOplasty provides a less painful, less invasive, and more natural-feeling alternative to traditional knee and hip replacement procedures for adults with osteoarthritis. It uses a unique robotic arm interactive orthopedic technology, called RIO®, to relieve the pain and problems associated with osteoarthritis. RIO® enables surgeons to achieve a high level of precision using the latest techniques in joint replacement and is designed to restore patient mobility and return to an active lifestyle.

The first hospital in Massachusetts to introduce MAKOplasty for knee resurfacing in April 2011, Saint Anne’s also offers MAKOplasty for total hip replacement. Designed for patients who suffer from degenerative joint disease, MAKOplasty’s RIO® allows surgeons to achieve a new level of accuracy in hip implant alignment and positioning that can enhance restored mobility and a return to an active lifestyle.

About this program: There is no charge for this program, but to ensure seating, advance registration is requested by registering at, or by calling 1-800-488-5959. There is plentiful on-site parking, and light refreshments will be served.

About Dr. Jerald Katz: Chair of orthopedics at Saint Anne’s Hospital, Dr. Katz earned his medical degree at the New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. After completing his internship in general surgery at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, Dr. 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. Additionally, Dr. Katz completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at Shriners Hospital in Tampa, FL.

Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, surgical, and emergency care services, serving adults and children at its main campus in Fall River, in Rhode Island, and at its community satellites from Attleboro to Dartmouth. Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care, the largest fully integrated community care organization in New England.

Saint Anne’s has been recognized for quality, safety and service by such organizations as Blue Cross Blue Shield (“Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement”); The Joint Commission (“Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for Heart Attack, Surgery and Pneumonia Care”); Healthgrades (Stroke Care Excellence Award 2013); The Leapfrog Group, “A” for patient safety); and Harvard Pilgrim (Hospital Honor Roll for top 15% in U.S. for quality, safety and patient satisfaction).


on Thursday, November 7, at the Venus de Milo, 75 GAR Highway (Route 6), from 6-7 p.m.

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