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Orthopedics2024-04-26T15:43:58-04:00

Stop living in pain and start living again. It’s your move.

Whether you need treatment for arthritis, broken bones, osteoporosis, sports injuries or other conditions, CentraState can help get you back to an active life. Our team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons, specially-trained orthopedic nurses, patient care technicians, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, social workers and case managers can help keep your joints healthy and pain free, so you can keep moving and living life well.

THE TOTAL JOINT CENTER OF NEW JERSEY AT CENTRASTATE

The Total Joint Center of New Jersey provides an array of non-surgical treatment options. These include a tailored physical rehabilitation program designed to increase mobility, build strength, and relieve joint pain, along with pain management and complementary therapies.

Joint Commission Reaccreditation

After a rigorous onsite review, CentraState’s Total Joint Center has earned The Joint Commission’s two-year accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.

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JOINT PAIN TREATMENT

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Surgical Treatment Options

JOINT REPLACEMENT 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.

ORTHOPEDIC DOCTORS & SURGEONS

Gregg Berkowitz, MD, FAAOS

Gregg Berkowitz, MD, FAAOS

Orthopedic Surgery

Eric Buxbaum, DO

Eric Buxbaum, DO

Orthopedic Surgery

Bruce Stamos, MD

Bruce Stamos, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Ravi Verma, MD RV

Ravi Verma, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery

Gary Pess, MD

Gary Pess, MD

Hand Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

Brian Katt

Brian Katt

Orthopedic Surgery

Sunil Thacker, MD

Sunil Thacker, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

William Baione, MD WB

William Baione, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Patrick Buckley, MD PB

Patrick Buckley, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Kenneth Chern, MD

Kenneth Chern, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Sergei Pushilin, MD

Sergei Pushilin, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

David Rodricks, MD DR

David Rodricks, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Michael Nakashian, MD

Michael Nakashian, MD

Elbow Surgery, Hand Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Shoulder Surgery, Wrist Surgery

Alan Nasar, MD

Alan Nasar, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Joseph Marsicano, MD

Joseph Marsicano, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Ryan Coyle, MD

Ryan Coyle, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Joseph Bogdan, MD

Joseph Bogdan, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

James Cozzarelli, MD, FAAOS JC

James Cozzarelli, MD, FAAOS

Orthopedic Surgery

Stacey Gallacher, MD

Stacey Gallacher, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Gerardo Goldberger, DO

Gerardo Goldberger, DO

Orthopedic Surgery

Dhimant Balar, DO

Dhimant Balar, DO

Sports Medicine

Justin Elkrief, DO

Justin Elkrief, DO

Orthopedic Surgery

Grigory Goldberg, MD

Grigory Goldberg, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery

Jason Nitche, M D JN

Jason Nitche, M D

Orthopedic Surgery

Michael Greller, MD, MBA

Michael Greller, MD, MBA

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Gregory Roehrig, MD GR

Gregory Roehrig, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Arth Patel, MD

Arth Patel, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Praveen Yalamanchili, MD

Praveen Yalamanchili, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Sheref Hassan, MD SH

Sheref Hassan, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Joel Fechisin, MD JF

Joel Fechisin, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

David Junkin Jr., MD DJ

David Junkin Jr., MD

Orthopedic Surgery

David Polonet, MD DP

David Polonet, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Tyler Kreitz, MD

Tyler Kreitz, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Christopher Collins, MD

Christopher Collins, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Steven Mennona, MD SM

Steven Mennona, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Christopher Spagnuola, MD CS

Christopher Spagnuola, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Arthur Mark

Arthur Mark

Orthopedic Surgery

Steven Weintraub, DO

Steven Weintraub, DO

Sports Medicine

Ahmed Siddiqi, MD, MBA AS

Ahmed Siddiqi, MD, MBA

Orthopedic Surgery

Kenneth Swan, MD KS

Kenneth Swan, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Shamik Chakraborty, MD

Shamik Chakraborty, MD

Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

Andrew Harrison, MD AH

Andrew Harrison, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Nicholas Phillips, DO

Nicholas Phillips, DO

Hand Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Upper Extremity Surgery

Arthur Vasen, MD

Arthur Vasen, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Paul Haynes, MD

Paul Haynes, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Garret  Sobol, MD

Garret Sobol, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Christos Plakas, MD

Christos Plakas, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Kevin McDaid, MD

Kevin McDaid, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Jonathon Lentz, DO

Jonathon Lentz, DO

Orthopedic Surgery

Aron Green, MD AG

Aron Green, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

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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, Buxbaum, Greller, and Nasar 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.

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