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Orthopedics

Orthopedics 2018-07-13T15:51:26+00:00

No matter your age or activity level, maintaining healthy bones and joints allows you to stay in motion, which is critical to your overall health and well-being. If you’re experiencing pain, discomfort, or loss of function due to injury, arthritis, chronic joint pain, or recovery from surgery—don’t ignore it. Our orthopedic doctors and our physical therapy, pain management, and wellness specialists can help keep your joints healthy and pain free, so you can keep moving and living life well.

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No matter your age or activity level, maintaining healthy bones and joints allows you to stay in motion, which is critical to your overall health and well-being. If you’re experiencing pain, discomfort, or loss of function due to injury, arthritis, chronic joint pain, or recovery from surgery—don’t ignore it. Our orthopedic doctors and our physical therapy, pain management, and wellness specialists can help keep your joints healthy and pain free, so you can keep moving and living life well.

SERVICES

The Total Joint Center team offers everything you need for a safe and successful procedure. 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 Center coordinator to orchestrate all preoperative and postoperative care, as well as pre-arranged discharge and rehabilitation
  • Group and individual therapy, guided by:
    • 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 Center coordinator
  • A comprehensive patient guide for you to follow from six weeks pre-operation until three months post-operation and beyond

Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model

CentraState Medical Center is participating with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in a new care improvement initiative called the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. Lower extremity joint replacements and major leg procedures are included. The goal of the project is to support better and more efficient care. The model tests bundled payments for the hospital and quality measures.

As part of this model, hospitals, physicians, and post-acute care providers will work together to further improve quality of care. Drs.  Berkowitz, Cozzarelli, Greller, Nasar, and Rodricks are working with CentraState on plans for care. CentraState’s participation in the CJR model should not restrict your access to care for your medical condition or your freedom to choose your health care providers and services. Additional information is available here.

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive, same-day procedure used to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint.

Our skilled orthopedic surgeons perform arthroscopic surgery in our state-of-the-art Same-Day Surgery Center at The Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus at CentraState Medical Center. Unlike traditional open surgery, patients are typically home within hours after the surgery.

Orthopedic surgeons most frequently treat problems of the:

  • Knee—Meniscal (cartilage) tears, wearing or injury of cartilage cushion, and anterior cruciate ligament tears with instability
  • Shoulder—Rotator cuff tendon tears, impingement syndrome, and recurrent dislocations
  • Wrist—Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Loose bodies of bone and/or cartilage in the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, or wrist
  • Inflammation of the lining in the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or ankle

The goal of joint replacement surgery is to reduce joint pain, restore independence, and get you back to the activities you enjoy as soon as possible. If your physician determines that surgery is your best option, a clinical coordinator at CentraState will help plan all your preoperative appointments and consultations.

A physical therapist will prepare you for surgery through a personalized exercise regimen, because preoperative strength-training activities have been shown to reduce recovery time and make rehabilitation easier.

Education classes are offered to introduce you to the staff, explain medical devices that may be used, and familiarize you with the surgical unit.

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 joint surgery through incisions several inches shorter than those used during traditional surgeries. Using small, flexible instruments, they can repair tissues and bones or replace joints with enhanced precision. The benefits of this approach may include:

  • Minimal damage to surrounding tissue
  • Reduced risk for complications such as infection
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced pain
  • Faster recovery

The Total Joint Center provides joint replacement patients with around-the-clock, high-quality, compassionate care. Our innovative approach to pain management helps ensure patients’ comfort while encouraging them to get up and move as soon as possible after surgery. Most joint replacement patients are walking with an assistive device the day following surgery and are able to return home within three days of the procedure.

With guidance from their orthopedic surgeon and proper outpatient physical therapy, patients are usually back to work and the activities they enjoy in three to six weeks. Those who require more intense therapy after joint replacement can receive the specialized care they need at The Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center, CentraState’s health and rehabilitation facility located on the hospital campus.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Rheumatoid arthritis can have many different symptoms, which may start with joint pain in the fingers, hands, and wrists. Physicians on staff at CentraState, including rheumatologists, are highly trained and qualified to diagnose and treat rheumatoid arthritis. Your physician may prescribe certain medications for treatment. Other treatment services offered at CentraState include:

At CentraState, we treat rheumatoid arthritis aggressively to help prevent deformity and wearing down of the joints. Early diagnosis is also important to help prevent these issues.

PHYSICIANS

Sawsan Najmey, M.D.

Sawsan Najmey, M.D.

Rheumatology

Andrew Sharobeem, M.D. AS

Andrew Sharobeem, M.D.

Rheumatology

Hisham El-Kadi, M.D.

Hisham El-Kadi, M.D.

Rheumatology

Stacey Gallacher, MD SG

Stacey Gallacher, MD

Orthopedics

Dhimant Balar, DO

Dhimant Balar, DO

Sports Medicine

Sergey Bogdan, M.D. SB

Sergey Bogdan, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Gregg Berkowitz, M.D., FAAOS

Gregg Berkowitz, M.D., FAAOS

Orthopedics, Surgery - Orthopedic

Michael Greller, M.D., FAAOS

Michael Greller, M.D., FAAOS

Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Surgery - Orthopedic

James Engelman, D.O.

James Engelman, D.O.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

James Fischkoff, M.D. JF

James Fischkoff, M.D.

Rheumatology

Gerardo Goldberger, D.O.

Gerardo Goldberger, D.O.

Orthopedics, Surgery - Orthopedic, Surgery - Spine

Grigory Goldberg, M.D. GG

Grigory Goldberg, M.D.

Orthopedics

Rafah Salloum, M.D. RS

Rafah Salloum, M.D.

Rheumatology

Alan Nasar, M. D.

Alan Nasar, M. D.

Orthopedics, Surgery - Orthopedic

James Cozzarelli, M.D., FAAOS JC

James Cozzarelli, M.D., FAAOS

Orthopedics

Aly Cohen, M.D.

Aly Cohen, M.D.

Rheumatology

Bruce Stamos, M.D.

Bruce Stamos, M.D.

Orthopedics

Steve Weintraub, DO

Steve Weintraub, DO

Sports Medicine

Scott Woska, M.D. SW

Scott Woska, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Christopher Doumas, M. D. CD

Christopher Doumas, M. D.

Hand Surgery, Orthopedics

Kenneth Swan, M.D. KS

Kenneth Swan, M.D.

Orthopedics

Sheref Hassan, M.D. SH

Sheref Hassan, M.D.

Orthopedics

Joseph Marsicano, M.D.

Joseph Marsicano, M.D.

Orthopedics

Manuel Banzon, M.D., FAAOS

Manuel Banzon, M.D., FAAOS

Orthopedics, Surgery - Orthopedic

Gary Yen, M.D.

Gary Yen, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Sylwia Sasinowska, M.D. SS

Sylwia Sasinowska, M.D.

Rheumatology

David Polonet, M.D. DP

David Polonet, M.D.

Orthopedics

Francisco Del Valle, M.D. FD

Francisco Del Valle, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Samantha Kanarek, DO SK

Samantha Kanarek, DO

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Sylwia Sasinowska, M.D. SS

Sylwia Sasinowska, M.D.

Rheumatology

William Baione, M.D. WB

William Baione, M.D.

Orthopedics

William Law, M.D. WL

William Law, M.D.

Orthopedics

Arthur Mark, M. D. AM

Arthur Mark, M. D.

Orthopedics

Marc Levine, M.D. ML

Marc Levine, M.D.

Spine Surgery

Robert Pannullo, M.D. RP

Robert Pannullo, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Andrew Harrison, M.D. AH

Andrew Harrison, M.D.

Orthopedics, Surgery - Orthopedic

Joseph Bogdan, M.D. JB

Joseph Bogdan, M.D.

Orthopedics

Steven Lisser, M.D. SL

Steven Lisser, M.D.

Hand Surgery, Orthopedics

Evander Duck, M.S., M.D. ED

Evander Duck, M.S., M.D.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Brian Katt, M. D. BK

Brian Katt, M. D.

Orthopedics

Christopher Spagnuola, M.D. CS

Christopher Spagnuola, M.D.

Orthopedics

Raymond Esquires, M.D. RE

Raymond Esquires, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Sunil Thacker, M.D.

Sunil Thacker, M.D.

Sports Medicine

Michael Connolly
Michael Connolly

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Dr. Kohlberg
Dr. Kohlberg

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Emil, Jim, Bobby, Vinny
Emil, Jim, Bobby, Vinny

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FAQs

A total hip replacement is when the arthritic ball of the upper thigh bone (femur) and damaged cartilage from the hip socket is removed. The ball is replaced with a metal ball that is securely attached inside the femur. The socket is replaced with a plastic liner that is usually fixed inside a metal shell. This forms a new smooth cushion and a working joint that does not hurt. Surgery may be performed as posterior total hip replacement or direct anterior hip replacement, depending on patient needs and surgeon preferences. Each has a different incision location but similar long-term outcomes.

A total knee replacement is actually a cartilage replacement with an artificial surface. An artificial substitute for cartilage is inserted on the end of the bones. In includes a metal alloy on the upper thigh bone (femur), and a plastic spacer on the shinbone (tibia) and kneecap. This forms a new smooth cushion and a working joint that does not hurt.

At CentraState, we also offer partial knee replacement surgery for certain patients when arthritis does not involve the entire knee joint. Younger, more active patients may benefit from this less invasive procedure. Most procedures are also quad sparing, meaning that they do not involve cutting the quadriceps tendon. These approaches allow most patients to recover mobility and range of motion more quickly.

Most patients experience good to excellent results with pain relief and significantly increased activity and mobility.

Most joint replacement patients stay in the hospital for one to three days after their surgery.

Yes. There are two types of anesthesia – spinal/epidural or general. You can discuss which anesthesia is the best choice for you with your anesthesiologist.

Most patients can go home directly after discharge. Some may transfer to an outpatient or inpatient rehabilitation facility, such as The Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center. Inpatient stays typically last from three to 10 days. Our Total Joint Center coordinator or discharge planner will help you with this decision and make the necessary arrangements. You should check with your insurance company about your inpatient and outpatient physical therapy coverage and homecare benefits.

Yes. During the first several days or weeks, depending on your progress, you will need someone to help with meal preparation and other activities of daily living. If you go directly home from the hospital, the Total Joint Center coordinator or discharge planner will arrange for a home health care nurse to come to your house as needed (depending on what your insurance allows). It is helpful if family or friends can be available to assist you.

Preparing ahead of time can minimize the amount of help needed. For example, it’s a good idea to have the laundry done, house cleaned, yard work completed, clean linens put on the bed, and single- portion, frozen meals ready to go before your surgery.

We recommend that most patients take at least one month off from work, unless their jobs are quite sedentary and they can return to work with crutches. Our occupational therapists can make recommendations for joint protection and energy conservation on the job.

Rehabilitation options after surgery include inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, as well as homecare. Insurance coverage varies and referrals to rehabilitation facilities or homecare (such as the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey) will depend on a combination of patient needs and insurance coverage. If a certain service is not covered by insurance, patients can choose to pay privately if the service is available.

The goal is to provide a joint replacement that lasts a lifetime. Most joint replacements last more than 15 years. However, there is no guarantee. A small percentage do not last that long and a second replacement may be necessary.

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