Hip and Knee replacements move to outpatient-style mode

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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

I’m always happy to share my story! Thank you Dr. Zabinski!

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Joe Leo

Joe just returned from vacation in Florida, he is so happy he was able to swim and walk on the beach again.

  • Joe Leo, Toms River, NJ 08753
  • Quad Sparing Total Knee Replacement – Right Knee
  • Physician: Stephen J. Zabinski, MD
  • Date of Procedure: February 25, 2014


Joe had been putting off knee replacement surgery for about a year.  The extensive rehab time and the daunting thought of being out of work for several months had him apprehensive about the surgery. Joe lives in the Toms River area and had seen several Orthopedic Physicians, they all told him the same thing. The average recovery time he heard was three to five days in the hospital, then around twenty days in a rehab facility, and out of work on disability for about three months.

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Cut Your Rehab Time, Not Your Muscles

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Stephen J. Zabinski, M.D.

Quadriceps sparing knee replacement surgery allows for faster recovery than traditional approaches
Knee replacement is a surgical procedure in which a diseased or damaged knee 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 knee joint.  Today greater than 90% of patients undergoing knee replacement have a complication free result which relieves pain and restores mobility.

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