By BRIAN IANIERI, Staff Writer: Press of Atlantic City
Hip and knee replacements have come a long way in Dr. Stephen Zabinski’s career as an orthopedic surgeon.
But one advancement is something unheard of 20 years ago – patients getting hip replacements in an ambulatory surgical center in the morning and returning home early in the afternoon.
This approach avoids possible days-long recoveries in a hospital and rehabilitation center, ultimately making it more cost effective for health care reform, he said.
Zabinski, vice president of Shore Orthopaedic University Associates, has performed these types of surgeries for more than three years and has been doing them at the Jersey Shore Ambulatory Surgical Center in Somers Point for about six months on certain patients.
“It really achieves all the goals we want to provide better care to patients in a safe way that’s more cost effective,” said Zabinski, who is the director of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at Shore Medical Center and President of the Jersey Shore Ambulatory Surgical Center.
Shore Orthopaedic University Associates is pleased to offer the latest treatment in Regenerative Orthopaedic Medicine… Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can differentiate into specialized cells that are capable of playing a role in helping the body repair and rejuvenate itself. They can change themselves into cells such as chondrocytes capable of cartilage repair, myocytes which are capable of muscle repair, tenocytes which are capable of tendon repair, as well as cells capable of bone and even nerve repair. Stem cells can come from many different sources in our own bodies including, blood, fat, bone marrow, dental pulp, as well as many other tissues. Stem cells can also come from sources outside our own bodies including embryonic tissue, amniotic tissue, and umbilical cord blood. At Shore Orthopaedics, Dr. Charles Krome (who has been performing regenerative medicine procedures since 2008) uses stem cells derived from the umbilical cord blood donated from healthy mothers, along with a patient’s own platelet rich plasma, to treat a variety of orthopaedic/sports medicine conditions including osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, shoulder, ankle, etc., rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow and other tendonopathies of the body, plantar fasciitis, meniscal and ligament injuries, as well as many other musculoskeletal conditions.
The shoulder joint is capable of tremendous mobility to assist in the essential activities of everyday life. It relies upon a group of muscles, known as the rotator cuff, to ensure its function for overhead and lifting activities.
Unfortunately, the rotator cuff is commonly associated with injury. Such injuries may occur from a simple fall onto the shoulder or even from the accumulation of simple lifting events over our lifetime.
The most common symptoms are pain, weakness, and motion loss. Symptoms may develop suddenly or in a gradual onset. Symptoms that persist beyond a two week period, without signs of relief, should be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon.
Constance Daniels Is A True Inspiration!
Seven years after being hit head on by a drunk driver and receiving numerous injuries that required multiple surgeries and a lot of hard work and dedication on her part, Constance Daniels just completed a 70.3 mile Half Ironman Triathlon.
Constance was treated for various injuries including concussion, collapsed and punctured lungs, broken ribs, hip dislocation, glass removal from her hands and knees and fractures in both feet leaving her with a metal plate and thirteen screws in her right foot.
George C. Alber, MD Orthopedic Surgeon initially treated Constance and continued to treat her for several years performing multiple surgeries while prescribing ongoing Physical Therapy. Constance remained persistent throughout and said her goal all along was to run again.
Not only has she been able to run again, the Half Ironman Triathlon she recently completed included 1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles of biking and 13.1 miles of running.
Dr. Alber -”When I got into the accident 7 years ago I was on my way to the gym to train for my first 5K. After the accident my goal all throughout rehab was to complete that race I had been training for. If it were not for all that you did I know I would not have been able to do it. Just wanted to remind you what an impact you have on your patients and the lives they live after your care”. Thank you, Constance Daniels