Quality and Safety

Quality of Life - Keeping You Moving

At Hospital for Special Surgery, your improved quality of life is our goal. Because we specialize in orthopedic and rheumatologic procedures, our patients tell us that what they really want to do is move better and with less pain.

"I am a new person walking
as much as I want with total
abandon. There is just no
surpassing the quality of care
at HSS."

- Melinda Moscow, New York, NY
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To understand how well our patients accomplish their long-term recovery goals, Hospital for Special Surgery has established over 30 clinical registries, in which information is collected from patients with the same clinical problem, procedure, or treatment over time. Data collected from our registries are helping us to understand what factors can improve patients’ recovery and quality of life. Registry data will also help clinicians at HSS and elsewhere establish high quality best practices in our specialty areas of orthopedics and rheumatology.

In many cases, Hospital for Special Surgery is the only hospital with procedural volume high enough to collect reliable data, especially in rare orthopedic or rheumatic conditions or procedures.

Because of our expertise and patient registries, Hospital for Special Surgery is currently conducting long-term studies to determine the most effective treatments, implant devices, and surgical techniques in joint replacements. These studies are part of a national initiative, funded by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, to help Americans know what is the best possible medical care.

Initial data from these studies show that people who receive joint replacements at HSS are extremely satisfied with their improved quality of life, measured by both pain reduction and improved mobility. Because these two measures speak to the heart of Special Surgery’s mission, we are proud to share our 2009 results.

Two years following joint replacement surgery at HSS, patients report a marked relief of the joint pain they experienced prior to surgery.





Note: Data from HSS CERT Registry.


We ask our patients how well they move two years after surgery and measure improved mobility in two ways:. The first is how well patients can perform activities of daily living. These activities include using stairs, standing up from a chair, using a bathroom, and putting on socks. Our patients tell us that their ability to perform these critical activities improves dramatically after joint replacement surgery.





Note: Data from HSS CERT Registry.


For many of our active patients, being able to move without pain in their daily activities is not enough. They want to return to their active lifestyles, which often include recreational or high level sports activities. When we ask our patients how well they perform sports activities two years following hip and knee replacement, including squatting, running, jumping, twisting, and kneeling, the results are impressive.





Note: Data from HSS CERT Registry.


We expect that younger, active people will increasingly recognize the potential lifestyle benefits of hip and knee replacement, and will continue to seek our help as soon as hip or knee pain comes in the way of their sports performance.

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