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Collaborating for Optimal Patient Care

Patients who come to Special Surgery find a highly focused, multi-disciplinary team that can address every aspect of their musculoskeletal condition. Patients benefit from the interaction of many disciplines as they meet to develop the best approach to care. Medical issues beyond musculoskeletal needs may require the attention of multiple specialties. Collaborating on your care are specialists in musculoskeletal medicine including orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, rheumatologists, anesthesiologists, nurses, physical therapists, and other medical specialties.

"The ability to draw on their very specialized expertise assures every patient of receiving the most optimal care."
Thomas P. Sculco, MD
Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus

Radiologists are involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of all musculoskeletal conditions. Patients seeking the very best musculoskeletal care should understand that imaging expertise confirms or excludes the need for intervention, confirms how the surgery was performed, and follows post-surgery to identify any complications as early as possible. HSS Radiologists are specialized in musculoskeletal conditions enabling them to best consult with HSS surgeons and physicians to arrive at the best diagnosis of your condition.

"All imaging is not created equal."
Helene Pavlov, MD, FACR
Radiologist-in-Chief Emeritus

Anesthesiologists at HSS specialize in regional anesthesia techniques which are proven to be beneficial to orthopedic patients as the unpleasant side effects of general anesthesia can be avoided. These specialized techniques require more additional training and HSS has the largest group of dedicated regional anesthesiologists in the world. HSS also has pediatric anesthesiologists, those who focus on spine or trauma cases, and specialists in pain management. This means better control of pain after surgery and greater ability for patients to rehabilitate more quickly and get back to their lives.

"Every facet of every surgery is carefully considered and planned by the anesthesiology team."
Gregory A. Liguori, MD
Director of Anesthesiology

Pathologists consult with surgeons or rheumatologists to help ascertain a diagnosis. HSS's Clinical Immunology lab performs autoimmune disease testing that other labs do not do. They help identify which of the many connective tissue disorders a patient might have, and they also have experts in bone biology who can pinpoint unusual orthopedic disorders.

Rehabilitation is an important part of the patient's care plan. HSS therapists are able to manage complex cases because of the close collaborative relationships they have with physicians and surgeons, in conjunction with their extensive knowledge and specialized skills. Most have either a master's degree or a clinical doctorate coupled with advanced certifications.

Social workers focus on the psychological well-being of patients. Through support groups and other programs, our patients find reassurance talking with others who have similar challenges.

"There is enormous communication among the disciplines here."
Stephen A. Paget, MD
Physician-in-Chief Emeritus

Sharing information and collaborating with people who are the best in their fields is all part of ensuring a successful outcome for our patients.