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Hospital now offers hip resurfacing

New Britain [November 20 2008] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut now offers hip resurfacing as an alternative to replacing the entire hip joint for select patients who suffer from hip arthritis. The procedure is an especially attractive option for males under age 60.

The procedure preserves existing bone. Damaged cartilage from the hip’s ball (femoral head) and socket (acetabulum) joint are replaced with similarly shaped metal pieces to provide a more natural-feeling hip with greater stability. Recovery takes about six weeks and patients typically have no activity restrictions afterwards.

Orthopedic surgeons Robert J. Carangelo, M.D., and Richard L. Froeb, M.D., are certified to perform the procedure.

The hospital performs nearly 500 joint replacement procedures annually. Its Center for Joint Care features 12 private rooms for patients recovering from hip, knee or shoulder joint replacement, and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation unit. The center is part of the hospital’s Joint and Spine Center and complements the adjacent 18-bed general orthopedic and spine services unit.

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, x6507

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