Hip replacements move to outpatient-style model

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.

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Stephen J. Zabinski, M.D.

History of Knee Replacement:
Knee replacement is a surgical procedure–performed in the US since the 1960s – in which a diseased or damaged joint is replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis.  Made of metal alloys and high-grade plastics the prosthesis is designed to move just like a healthy human joint.  Over the years, knee replacement techniques and instrumentation have undergone countless improvements.  Today, greater than 90 percent of patients undergoing knee replacement have a complication free result which relieves pain and restores mobility.

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