Office of Institutional Advancement

Pioneering Surgical Techniques

Dr. Lonner

Jess H. Lonner, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Rothman Institute at Jefferson and an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Joint and Knee Replacement at Thomas Jefferson University, was among the first surgeons in the country to perform a robotic-assisted orthopaedic surgery. For the past eight years, he has been at the forefront of clinical research, improving techniques of robotic-assisted and partial knee replacement surgeries.

Patients who receive robotic-assisted partial knee replacement surgeries are able to recover in the comfort of their home, safely and more quickly. Compared to more conventional techniques of partial knee replacements, these surgeries allow greater precision of implant positioning and greater position of soft tissue balancing, which enhances the longer-term durability of the partial knee replacement.

For these reasons and others, robotic-assisted orthopaedic surgeries are in high demand. Roughly 20% of all partial knee replacements are now being completed using robotic technologies. That number is expected to increase to about 35% over the next five years. Additionally, as advances in the ergonomics of robotic technologies increase, it is expected that more surgeons will begin using robotics in total knee replacements, total hip replacements and other kinds of orthopaedic surgeries.

While orthopaedic surgery and joint replacement surgery have been specialties for many decades, the opportunities for ongoing development are greater today than in the past. Gifts to Jefferson will help Dr. Lonner continue leading the way for advances in robotic-assisted surgeries as well as passing his expertise on to the next generation of surgeons. Dr. Lonner has hopes of creating a state-of-the-art robotic learning center where he and other Rothman at Jefferson physicians can train young surgeons, residents, fellows and visiting surgeons in the techniques of using robotics. Your gift could help make Dr. Lonner’s vision a reality, thereby furthering the advancement of robotic technology in orthopaedics.