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Knee

Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Four little words, one big commitment. At Coordinated Health, it’s what we do all day, every day, and we’ve got it down to a science after 28 years and thousands of reps.

If conservative treatments like medication and cortisone injections have failed to relieve your knee pain from either arthritis or injury, you may want to consider a total knee replacement. Coordinated Health offers two types of knee replacements, traditional and same-day. A traditional knee replacement will require that you stay in the hospital for one to three days while a same day knee replacement  will have you home the day of the procedure. You do need to meet certain criteria to qualify for a same-day knee replacement. During both surgeries, damaged bone and cartilage from your thighbone, shinbone and kneecap are removed and replaced with an artificial joint.

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The Knee Replacement Process

Find out how your knee works and learn more about why a knee replacement can help alleviate your pain. You’ll hear from patients, meet the doctors and see animations about knee replacement surgeries.

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Meet the Team You Trust

Coordinated Health proudly employs 18 surgeons, more than 100 physical therapists, and more than 140 nurses, all who specialize in the care of total joint replacement patients. Meet the physicians who lead these fantastic teams.

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"Pocono native Bill VanGilder has had to overcome a lot in order to chase his passion of snowboarding. When he began to lose momentum because of severe knee pain, he turned to Orthopedic Surgeon Wayne Luchetti, M.D. Snowboarding is second nature for 42-year-old Bill VanGilder. He began skiing at just three years old and by the time he was 16 transitioned completely to snowboarding. “I discovered snowboarding as a teenager and just loved the freedom it gave me. I fell in love with it and have been doing it ever since,” says VanGilder. VanGilder turned his passion for snowboarding into a career. He narrowly missed qualifying for the Nagano and Torino Olympics and continues to stay active in the snowboarding community through the Mid Atlantic Snowboard and Ski Series, which he founded to organize competitive events throughout the Mid-Atlantic States. Because VanGilder suffers from hemophilia, a disorder where your blood doesn’t clot normally, he has always had to take extra precautions in order to avoid injury. Though most of the time his precautions were successful, he developed early onsetosteoarthritis from frequent bleeding into his joint. When the arthritis began to interfere with his snowboarding, he went to Orthopedic Surgeon Wayne Luchetti, M.D. Based on VanGilder’s previous history, which included a high tibial osteotomy at Harvard University, Dr. Luchetti knew that he would benefit from a knee replacement. “We generally don’t do joint replacements on patients that young, in fact I’ve only had one patient younger than Bill, but his situation was unique as well,” says Dr. Luchetti. Although VanGilder was surprised that he would need a knee replacement, he quickly agreed to the procedure once he realized that he would be able to resume his active lifestyle. “A lot of people choose to wait to have joint replacements because they are afraid it’s going to slow them down, but it’s meant to keep you active longer so why wait,” says VanGilder. During the knee replacement Dr. Luchetti made an approximately 8-inch incision in the front of his knee. Then the damaged area of the joint was removed and the surfaces were shaped to help hold the artificial joint. The artificial joint was then attached to the thighbone, shin and kneecap with cement. Once everything was fitted together, the attached artificial parts formed the joint and relied on the surrounding muscles and ligaments for both support and function. Following his knee replacement, VanGilder was up and walking with the help of crutches, and started physical therapy immediately. Within just six weeks, VanGilder was back on the slopes, a feat that surprised even Dr. Luchetti. “There was definitely no holding Bill back. He was determined not to miss a day of ski season and he didn’t,” says Dr. Luchetti. It has been two years since VanGilder’s surgery and he has no regrets. He claims the knee replacement has given him the ability to snowboard and golf. “It’s been great and I’m pain free for the first time in years,” he says.

- From Surgery to the Slopes

"I couldn’t believe how well I did. I literally went to my son’s basketball game the night of my surgery. I was in a wheelchair, but I was able to go and now I’m finally able to keep up with my three boys.

- Debbie A. , Hazleton

"Dr. Scarpino is truly an artist. He did an amazing job. I feel like I have the hips of a 20-year-old. I can do the things I wasn’t able to do before, like ride my bike, go for walks, and just move around without pain.

- Peter G., Allentown, PA
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