Major Joint Replacement at the Center for Bone and Joint Health
The decision to have a joint replacement surgery is an important one. Part of the decision-making process is to understand the capabilities of the surgeon, quality of the program and overall patient experience.
At Hunterdon Medical Center we have a commitment to quality. We track the measures that are critical to a successful outcome after joint replacement surgery.
Advances in Technology
It is important to know that joint replacement surgery has the highest success rate of any surgical procedure at over 90%. In addition, many improvements have been made in the past 15-20 years that enable younger patient’s with advanced arthritis to have a successful procedure. Some of the advancements include:
- New materials that allow for a longer life of the implant
- Improved surgical techniques that promote a faster recovery/return to activity
- Technology that allows for a higher level of activity after surgery
Over the last twenty years, the average age of patients who undergo a knee or hip replacement has changed. In 1997, the 64 and younger population made up 34% of joint replacement patients. By 2006, that number increased to 46%.
In 2010 at Hunterdon Medical Center, the age distribution demonstrates how advances have attracted younger arthritis patients to have a hip or knee replacement.
Prevention of Complications
One of the most important complications to prevent is a surgical infection.
Medical research shows that surgery patients who receive antibiotics within the hour before surgery are less likely to get wound infections. We measure our compliance with that and also our rate of post-operative infections.
- 100% of our joint replacement patients receive an antibiotic within 1 hour of surgery; this is in the top 10% for New Jersey Hospitals.
- We had no post-operative infections in 2010.
We have taken great care to design a patient experience that will exceed expectations, 86% of our patients are likely to recommend us. We perform above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction when compared to 50+ hospitals comprising of 20,079 major joint replacement cases.
Suneel K. Basra, DPM, FACFASPodiatry
Scott T. Bleazey, DPMPodiatrist
Richard Chang, MDOrthopedic Surgeon
Patrick M. Collalto, MDOrthopedic Surgeon
J. Elliott Decker, MDOrthopedic Surgeon
Philip J. Glassner, MDOrthopedic Surgeon
Eric Gordon, MDOrthopedic Surgeon
Robert C. More, MDOrthopedic Surgeon
Michael E. Pollack, MDOrthopedic Surgeon
Aleya Salam, MDPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Thomas A. St. John, MDOrthopedic Surgeon
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