Hip and Knee replacements move to outpatient-style mode

AC Press

By BRIAN IANIERI
Staff Writer | Posted: Monday, September 1, 2014 

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. Continue reading

Gregory has become a trusted authority on hip replacement among family and friends!

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Gregory Gregory, Somers Point, NJ
Hip Replacement
Physician: Stephen J. Zabinski, MD

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Gregory’s Story: Update
Gregory has become a trusted authority on hip replacement among family and friends. He has few limitations and continues to enjoy “Stand Up” fishing, recently catching a 168 lb. tuna, hiking, deer hunting that involves climbing trees and spending lots of time with his three very active grandchildren, all under 10 years old.

Gregory’s first experience with Shore Orthopaedic University Associates was about six years ago when his nephew who played football for Mainland Regional High School went in for a hip flexor and he thought maybe that’s what he had. So he scheduled an appointment for himself, Dr. Zabinski took one look at Gregory’s X-ray and told him he needed a complete hip replacement. The doctor went on to show Gregory what a good and bad hip looked like. It was recommended to have the procedure done as soon as possible. Continue reading