Arthritis, injuries or simply years of use can damage joints, causing a breakdown in the cartilage that cushions them. When this happens, the bones become more exposed and rub together with every movement, resulting in joint pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of mobility that can affect every aspect of your life—walking, recreation, leisure, family life and work.
The Total Joint Center can help you return to an active lifestyle and a higher quality of living through an advanced joint replacement program that offers comprehensive treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical.
Dedicated Orthopedic Experts
The Total Joint Center team includes board-certified orthopedic surgeons, specially trained orthopedic nurses, patient care technicians, physical and occupational therapists, dieticians, social workers and case managers. Together, they provide comprehensive, integrated joint care – everything you need for a safe and successful surgery.
Alan S. Nasar, MD, Medical Director, Total Joint Center of New Jersey
Alan S. Nasar, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute and CentraState. In addition to his extensive medical and surgical training, Dr. Nasar holds a degree in mechanical engineering — giving him a unique understanding of the mechanisms of each implant and what will work best for each patient. Through the use of advanced components and surgical techniques, Dr. Nasar is leading our efforts to restore joint replacement patients to their previous activity level, minimize pain and facilitate rapid recovery.
Joint Replacement Program
The goal of joint replacement surgery is to reduce joint pain, restore your independence, and get you back to the activities you enjoy. If, after careful evaluation, your physician determines that surgery is your best option, The Total Joint Center team offers everything you need for a safe and successful surgery. This includes:
- Comfortable semi-private rooms
- Nurses and therapists who specialize in the care of joint patients
- A physician-directed, proven approach to pain management
- A Total Joint coordinator to orchestrate all preoperative and postoperative care, as well as pre-arranged discharge and rehabilitation
- Group and individual therapy
- Physical therapists to help you increase mobility and build strength
- Occupational therapists to educate you on assistive devices, joint protection, and energy conservation techniques that can be used during activities of daily living
- Pre-discharge Q & A with the Total Joint coordinator
- A comprehensive patient guide for you to follow from six weeks pre-op until three months post-op and beyond
Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery
To meet your scheduling needs, a clinical coordinator at CentraState will work with you to plan all preoperative appointments and consultations. A physical therapist will guide you through a personalized exercise regimen to prepare you physically for surgery, because preoperative strength-training activities have been shown to reduce recovery time and make physical rehabilitation easier. Education classes are offered to introduce you to the staff, explain medical devices that may be used, and familiarize you with the unit in which you will stay following surgery.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
The orthopedic surgeons at The Total Joint Center offer a range of joint replacement surgeries using the latest prosthetic implants for longer-lasting results. They are specially trained to perform minimally invasive surgery through incisions several inches shorter than those used during conventional surgeries. Using small, flexible instruments, they can repair tissues and bones or replace joints with enhanced precision. The benefits of this approach include:
- minimal damage to surrounding tissue
- reduced risk for complications such as infection
- less scarring
- reduced pain
During joint replacement surgery, the damaged joint is replaced with a specially shaped all-metal or metal-on-ceramic prosthesis that allows the joint to glide more smoothly. This helps restore normal, pain-free movement, range of motion and mobility. Instead of metal rods and other alignment devices that surgeons traditionally have used to determine the correct position of an implant, surgeons use sophisticated computer technology in calculating the ideal position of the implant. This technology provides real-time feedback during the procedure via computer monitor that ensures precise positioning is maintained. This translates into a better fit, which increases the durability of prosthetic joints.
Successful Recovery & Outcomes
The Total Joint Center is dedicated to providing our joint replacement patients with around-the-clock, high-quality, compassionate care. After surgery, we use an innovative approach to pain management to ensure patients' comfort and encourage them to get up and moving as soon as possible. Most joint replacement patients are walking with an assistive device the first day after surgery and are able to return home within three days of the procedure. With guidance from their orthopedic surgeon and proper outpatient physical therapy, they are usually back to work and the activities they enjoy in three to six weeks. Patients who may require more intense therapy after joint replacement can receive the specialized care they need at The Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center, CentraState's 123-bed health and rehabilitation facility next door to the hospital.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options
In addition to advanced surgical services for joint pain, The Total Joint Center also provides an array of non-surgical treatment options. These include a tailored rehabilitation program designed to increase mobility, build strength and relieve joint pain; as well as pain management and complementary therapies.
To learn more about The Total Joint Center of New Jersey at CentraState, call (866) CENTRA7.