Orthopedics: Bone & Joint Health

Dr. Anthony Villare and orthopedic physician assistant Melissa Messer provide comprehensive, local diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for:

  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Fracture repair
  • Knee replacement
  • Hip replacement
  • Shoulder arthroscopy and repair
  • Knee arthroscopy and repair
  • Tendon repair
  • Rotator cuff repair

Orthopedic Surgery Team

Dr. Anthony Villare orthopedic surgeon
Orthopedic Surgery
Melissa Messer orthopedics

New Robotic-arm Assisted Technology for Total Knee & Total Hip Replacement

Beginning early in 2020, qualified knee and hip replacement patients with have a truly advanced surgical option. Our Mako Robotic-arm assisted technology allows surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan and perform joint replacement surgery using a surgeon-controlled robotic-arm that helps the surgeon execute the procedure with a high degree of accuracy. This option is now available to qualified total knee and total hip replacement patients at Upland Hills Health.

More about Mako Robotic-Assisted Technology
Mako robotic assisted hip replacement

While traditional knee and hip replacement surgery remains highly effective, total joint replacement with Mako Robotic Assisted technology has certain advantages for qualified patients. It allows surgeons to create an extremely accurate 3-D plan and execute the surgical replacement with a high degree of accuracy. If knee or hip replacement is in your future, be sure to ask your surgeon about the Mako Robotic option.

Mako robotic-assisted technology for knee replacement

Debra worked for years as a merchandiser, traveling across the country setting up displays for a hardware company. This type of work involved its share of pulling, dragging and heavy lifting. That work, along with a few falls left her shoulder in a state that was painful. She had been experiencing an ongoing ache for the last two years or more.

She was about to schedule a cortizone shot to try to get some relief from her shoulder pain, when she learned orthopedic team, Dr. Villare and Melissa Messer, PA-C, were bringing the Virtual Implant Positioning (VIP) shoulder replacement technology to Upland Hills Health. She decided to wait for it.

Debra said Melissa and Dr. Villare helped her understand the damage in her shoulder and how the shoulder replacement surgery would help. 

“I did not want to drive into Madison for this,” Debra said. “Dr. Villare and Melissa were very helpful to me. I worked with two physical therapists at Upland Hills Health after the surgery also. Three months later, I felt I had full movement back. I am still healing, of course, so I have some discomfort now and then, but when I think of the pain I was in before, I am so happy I had this surgery. In the past few years I have had to reduce my flock of chickens and rely on my good neighbors to help me care for them and keep the property mowed. I am not a fan of sitting in front of the TV, so I am really looking forward to getting back ot doing these chores myself.”

Debra Hansen

Shoulder Replacement Patient

Does my insurance work with Upland Hills Health?

It’s one of the most common questions our patient financial services experts get.

Most people are surprised to learn that Upland Hills Health works with a wide range of health plan and PPOs. We are an independent, nonprofit healthcare organization, always pursuing additional insurance carriers that service our communities.


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