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Advances in Hip and Knee Surgery and Recovery: An Interdisciplinary Approach

New York, NY—April 27, 2006

Thomas Sculco, M.D., surgeon-in-chief at Hospital for Special Surgery, will discuss “When is it Time to Replace a Joint?” in the leadoff component of a Hospital for Special Surgery continuing medical education conference Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, designed to focus on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to hip and knee surgery.

More than 192,000 hip surgeries and 365,000 total knee surgeries are performed each year in the U.S. With the steady growth of an aging “baby boomer” population, analysts see those numbers rising annually.

Friday, April 28, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, April, 29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Uris Auditorium
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
1300 York Avenue (at 69th Street), New York

The two-day event will explore the innovative protocols in place at Hospital for Special Surgery that enhance positive outcomes for joint surgery, thanks to close communication between primary care physicians, orthopaedists, physical therapists, nurses, anesthesiologists and radiologists from pre-admission to discharge and beyond. Thanks to the patient-focused system of care at HSS, the average length of stay for a hip replacement patient is now 5.2 days. HSS best practices have been adopted around the country and abroad, including a knowledge transfer with Britain’s National Health Service.

Presentations will include:

  • Pre-Op Evaluation for Bilateral Surgery
  • Surgeon’s Approach to Pre-Operative Counseling
  • Best Practices in the Prevention of Infection
  • Minimally Invasive Total Hip and Knee Replacement
  • Acute Pain Management and Post-Operative Nausea Prevention
  • Perioperative Imaging
  • Physical Therapy Management of the Acute Total Hip Replacement Patient
  • Physical Therapy Management of the Acute Total Knee Replacement Patient
  • Resurfacing and Advances in Arthroplasty

Speakers are available for press interviews with the media both during and after the event.



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