About HSS

Why Choose HSS

Specialists at the top of their game
 

A Look Into Our Culture

At Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), every doctor, surgeon, nurse and therapist is focused on caring for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Collectively, we treat the most complex cases imaginable. Our doctors have one goal: to deliver an unmatched level of personalized care to patients.

The global leader in musculoskeletal care

Patients come to HSS from all over the world to receive the best care. Our physicians collaborate with doctors far and wide on best practices in musculoskeletal medicine. HSS has partnerships with hospitals in South Korea, Brazil and China. We launched the HSS Global Orthopaedic Alliance to align top orthopedic care providers around the world.

HSS provides unique value to patients. In 2015, we became the first recipient of the Excellence in Spiritual Care Award from the HealthCare Chaplaincy NetworkTM, recognizing our commitment to identifying and addressing our patients’ spiritual and religious needs.

Unparalleled success

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A leading indicator of a hospital’s success is a patient’s “likelihood to recommend.” Ninety-two percent of our patients recommend HSS, compared to 86 percent at other leading national orthopedic hospitals.

HSS is the first hospital in New York to receive three consecutive Magnet Program designations. Among Magnet hospitals we have been in the 99th percentile for “likelihood to recommend” for 29 consecutive quarters.

We recently received the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award in the Patient Experience category for the third consecutive year. Find out what former patients have to say about their experiences at HSS.

Safer surgery

Safety is a key measure of success at hospitals. At HSS, we work hard to minimize potential complications related to surgery. HSS ranks in the 99.4 percentile in New York State and the 99.9 percentile nationally in “major orthopaedic surgery,” based on avoided complications. Our 30-day unplanned readmission rate for hip and knee surgery is only 3.8 percent, compared to 5.2 percent for other national hospitals.

We also take infection prevention and control seriously. We provide operating rooms with filtration systems designed to eliminate bacteria from the air, infection-reducing surgical practices, and enhanced sterilization methods. The result? Our surgical site infection rate is about half that of the New York State average.

Advanced pain management and rapid rehabilitation

Anesthesiologists at Hospital for Special Surgery have dedicated themselves to perfecting the art and science of regional anesthesia.

Regional anesthetics have been associated with less post-operative pain and less nausea. More importantly, a lower incidence of blood clots, reduced blood loss, and a minimized stress response by the body have also been reported, which results in quicker recovery times.

Together with our nursing specialists, relieving pain is at the core of our practice at each level of care, including our Interventional Pain Management Division, Acute Pain Service, and Recuperative Pain Medicine Service. This standard is supported by our continued 99th percentile ranking across all peer groups in pain management satisfaction.

Our orthopedic rehabilitation specialists actually wrote the professional manual on the gold standards of orthopedic surgery rehabilitation. Often, the hospital’s proprietary Rapid Recovery program begins just hours after you’re wheeled out of the recovery room. Every PT at the hospital has advanced expert training in specific orthopedic recovery procedures, and our Magnet-recognized nurses are specialized in caring for musculoskeletal patients.

Industry-leading research

At HSS, our goal is to translate medical breakthroughs into new ways of preventing and treating musculoskeletal conditions. We allocate over $40 million to research and employ more than 200 researchers. We connect basic science with clinical research to quickly bring innovations to reach patients.

HSS researchers are constantly searching for new ways to advance musculoskeletal medicine. In 2015, our faculty members published more than 500 scientific articles. We recently introduced the Precision Medicine Initiative, which aims to personalize medical treatment. This research identifies molecules that cause disease and develops new medications that target them.

The HSS Innovation Center, launched in 2014, partners with biotech and software solutions companies to co-develop, test and refine care delivery and digital health solutions. The mission is to advance our research from bench to bedside.

Understand your benefits and make an appointment

You may not be aware that HSS accepts most major insurance plans, as do physicians within each specialty. If you have questions about your health care coverage and benefits, call and discuss them with our Insurance Advisory Service.

If a physician does not participate with your particular insurance plan, you still may have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits. Please do not hesitate to contact the individual physician's office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage.

To find the expert surgeon or doctor right for you, call HSS Physician Referral at 877.606.1555. Or complete an online form for Physician Referral to call you.

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