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Published on March 14, 2016

Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement Surgery Discussion Held in Dorset

Injury, arthritis or years of wear and tear can damage your joints, causing pain and limiting your movement. When serious joint pain interferes with your daily ability to walk, climb stairs, reach or bend, it may be time to consider joint replacement surgery. If you’re considering joint replacement surgery, join William Andrew “Drew” Lighthart, MD a surgeon at Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic on Thursday April 28 from 6-8pm for a discussion on the potential benefits of minimally invasive hip and knee replacement surgery.

The program will be held at The Dorset Inn on 8 Church Street, Dorset, Vermont and is FREE and open to the public. Register online for this free program or call 802.772.2400.

About Dr. Lighthart

Dr. Lighthart, the head of the Joint Replacement Team at Rutland Regional Medical Center, is an expert in primary and complex hip and knee replacement surgery. A surgeon at Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic at Rutland Regional Medical Center, Dr. Lighthart is an avid skier, snowboarder and fly fisherman and former NCAA collegiate football player.

He grew up in Buffalo New York, went to Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania and then returned to Buffalo for medical school. After that, he spent six years training in orthopedic surgery at Union Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins University and The University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He then spent an additional year receiving fellowship training in hip and knee replacement surgery at Rush University and Central Dupage Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois before moving to Rutland, Vermont. He is dedicated to the treatment of injuries and degenerative conditions utilizing the outstanding resources available to him and his team at Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic and Rutland Regional Medical Center.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Established in 1896, Rutland Regional is the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence, and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County.

Recently recognized in US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals to receive common care, Rutland Regional was the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. Rutland Regional has also been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures, honored with an “A” grade by The Leapfrog Group in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score and was named by Healthgrades among the top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety, and is the recipient of the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award and a 3-year recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award.


Media Contact: Bernadette C. Robin 802.772.2843 or

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