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Salt Lake Regional Medical Center Opens Center for Precision Joint Replacement

Salt Lake Regional Medical Center has announced the grand opening of the hospital’s Centre for Precision Joint Replacement, which specializes in the practice of complex knee, hip and shoulder joint replacements in Utah.

Salt Lake Regional Medical Centre has been caring for the people of the Salt Lake Valley for 135 years. Built in 1875, it was one of the first hospitals in the Salt Lake Valley. Salt Lake Regional offers comprehensive health care services, including emergency care, heart care, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, women’s services and help for a broad range of medical conditions. Currently, the 200-bed hospital encompasses 316,000 square feet of medical facilities, including three medical office buildings on campus.

The Centre, located on the fifth floor of Salt Lake Regional, provides surgical services to patients with arthritis in the knees, hips and shoulders. Led by board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Aaron Hofmann, the new Centre also offers a complete pre- and post-rehabilitation program taught weekly by certified physical therapists, covering everything from pre-surgical education to post-operative instruction and recovery.

“With dedication to quality and excellence, coupled with our pre- and postoperative patient care, it’s only a matter of time before the centre will be recognized as the premier place in Utah to treat joint replacement needs,” said Dr. Hofmann, director of the Centre for Precision Joint Replacement at Salt Lake Regional and founder of the Hofmann Arthritis Institute.

The Centre offers patients the latest advancements in minimally invasive surgery, including computer navigation, patient-specific custom instrumentation and robotics. For example, it has acquired and is successfully using the first Mako RIO® Robotic Arm in Utah to treat osteoarthritis of the knee.

“We are very proud of the new Centre for Precision Joint Replacement and look forward to seeing it benefit our patients,” said Jeff Frandsen, CEO of Salt Lake Regional Medical Centre. “The procedures, technology and services will give adults living with arthritis an exciting resource to help increase their quality of life” he added.

This minimally invasive surgical option results in shorter hospital stays and faster healing than traditional knee surgeries for most patients. MAKOplasty patients can also experience a smaller incision and less blood loss as compared with a total knee replacement. The Centre’s first patient is healing nicely and expects to return to work in about two weeks.

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