Shore Medical Center:
“Shore Healthy Living” Newsletter
Knee replacement surgeries are a daily occurrence for Dr. Stephen Zabinski and his fellow orthopedic surgeons at Shore Orthopaedic University Associates (SOUA) in Somers Point. “Knees are by far the most common of all joints that are replaced,” said Dr. Zabinski who has been performing knee replacement surgery for more than 20 years. “Knees are also the joint most commonly affected by osteoarthritis. They are also the most subjective to sports injury and most affected by weight. Those factors can wear the knees away.”
Most patients will visit SOUA with complaints of discomfort from osteoarthritis, though there are many forms of arthritis that negatively impact joints and bones. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the knee. It is a degenerative, “wear-and-tear” type of arthritis where the cartilage gradually wears away. It occurs most often in people age 50 and older, but may occur in younger people as well, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Zabinski added that genetics also plays a factor and said people who tend to sit cross-legged as they eat, or kneel often may have significant discomfort in their knee simply because they are putting a lot of additional stress on the knee itself.
For patients like Louis Cullen, who at 80 years of age is still detailing cars and enjoys being outside, the knee pain he was experiencing caused him to seek help with Dr. Zabinski to see about relieving the pain in his knees and getting back to his life and the things he enjoys.
Getting ready for surgery
But the surgeon said there is a lot a patient has to do to be ready so that they optimize their outcome and hasten recovery. Because of the nature of this operation, there are a lot of factors that need to be discussed prior to surgery that will contribute to the patient’s optimum success, according to Dr. Zabinski. “If they have a problem with urinary retention, I direct them to work with their urologist. If they are overweight, they will need to go on a diet and try to lose some weight. And all my patients know, they must be nicotine free for six weeks. Not just cigarettes or cigars but also nicotine patches, gum and over-the-counter nicotine products.” Dr. Zabinski said nicotine limits the micro circulation and inhibits the healing process. “All of my patients must be nicotine free.”
I have been going to Shore Orthopaedics for a number of years, always dealing with Dr. Zabinski. He has done over 6 surgeries on my elbow, knees, shoulder and I find that each time I visit him for any issue that I have, he takes the time to listen to my concerns and he has helped me with getting me back on track with living a full life.
I just recently had a visit and surgery with Dr. Ted Lai. I had a great experience with him as well. He listened and pointed out things that I didn’t understand on my MRI films. He is am amazing surgeon and fixed my ankle after a severe injury, even though I had a long recovery, he put my ankle back and now I can move and walk normal again. I would recommend both Dr. Zabinski and Dr. Lai for all your orthopaedic issues.
– Northfield, NJ
Thank you Dr. Zabinski – This testimonial is long overdue….for awhile, I was a frequent flyer with Shore Ortho and Dr. Zabinski…Rooster shots….two shoulder repairs…two knees and one hip replacement….all went so very well…this was a few years ago…and everything works great!! Will always be grateful for the care and expertise of Dr. Zabinski and his staff both at the office and at the hospital…forever young at 73!
– Somers Point, NJ
I’ve been seeing Dr Alber for two years for an arthritic knee.
He is very good at explaining the problem and advising on all options prior to knee replacement.
Dr Alber told me “I will know for sure when It’s time”. Dr. Alber performed total knee replacement in July and I immediately felt better. He had me back to normal activities within 6 weeks. Five months later and I’ve never felt better.
I would give Dr. Alber the highest recommendation possible from my experience!
Jim McGarvey, Cherry Hill, NJ
George C. Alber, MD
After Care Program – I have had the most wonderful follow-up after my knee surgery. Ralph,, who is Dr Barrett’s surgery assistant is one of the most caring and considerate people my husband and I have ever met. Never at problems for him to explain even the smallest concern that I had about my recovery. Shore Memorial is truly blessed to have him on staff. Thank you Ralph for your caring and most of all you taking the time to talk and explain exactly what what I would have to go through after the surgery. Although it was a lot of work to get where I am not after 4 weeks, the physical therapist from Cape who are associated with Bayada could not have been more caring. The PT is Mary Ann, not sure of her last name but she was the push behind me to keep me motivated. Thanks so very much to Ralph and Mary Ann for all their time and caring that they devoted to me.
– Rio Grande, NJ