Giving Lives Back


Virtual Foundation - Joint Replacement Institute - Jared OrthJared Orth couldn't even bend over to tie his own shoes without experiencing excruciating pain, let alone continue competing in sprint triathlons. After a visit to the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, near his home, a dramatic X-ray showed clear signs of severe degenerative joint disease in his left hip. At only 37 years old, he already needed a total hip replacement.

With two young children at home, and missing his active lifestyle, Jared's choice was clear: he opted for surgery at the Virtua Joint Replacement Institute (JRI) in the Health and Wellness Center on the Voorhees Campus. His only concern was getting back to his normal life without a long recovery time.

Many people are opting for joint replacement at a younger age, like Jared, because today’s artificial implants can last 25 to 30 years. Advances in minimally invasive joint replacement surgery also allow for less pain and shorter recovery times. Only a fraction of the orthopedic surgeons in the U.S. are trained in these techniques, but all JRI surgeons are fellowship-trained in minimally invasive surgery, and together they perform more than 2,000 surgeries a year.

The procedure to smooth Jared's hip and cover it in a new ceramic head for smoother motion was a success. Later that day, he was up and walking in his hospital room and he was discharged the next day. After just two weeks of rehabilitation and beginning out-of-home therapy, Jared was back at work and quickly regaining full range of motion for the first time in years.

"I don't wake up with pain, I don't go to bed with pain, I don't live my entire day in pain anymore. I play with my kids, chasing them, bending over to pick up their toys, kicking a soccer ball. I have no excuses anymore," he laughs. "I really did get my life back."

JRI is not only a pioneer in minimally invasive joint replacement surgery, but it is becoming nationally renowned for its orthopedic research, which is entirely funded by philanthropy. Its three studies were selected from thousands of submitted abstracts to be presented at highly regarded orthopedics conferences.

Philanthropy to support hiring additional research staff will allow the JRI and its team to do more, and more quickly, to help give more people like Jared Orth their lives and dreams back.



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