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“I’m no stranger to surgery,” says Matt Pruchnik, owner of Berrigan’s Subs, with his wife Angie. During a routine check-up, the 56-year-old asked his doctor to look at his left knee, a source of chronic pain for 10 years. He learned the medial collateral ligament of his left knee was completely gone and it couldn’t be fixed with an injection or medication.

Matt’s only solution was partial knee replacement surgery. He was the perfect first candidate for Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery. When he heard this new technology could help him heal faster with less pain and get him back to work sooner, he thought, why not?

“The staff at Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital was so friendly and kind,” says Matt, reflecting on his hospitalization and the care he received. “After a few weeks, I’m back to work and able to re-join Angie here at Berrigan’s. Dr. Feldmann, thanks for saving both of my knees!”

Angie and Matt Pruchnik
Matt Pruchnik is back to work as owner of Berrigans Subs in Bloomsburg with his wife Angie just weeks after having a partial knee replacement with Geisinger. Mr. Pruchnik is the first patient at Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital to undergo a joint replacement using the Mako robotic arm system.