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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.


About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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