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About HSS

Why Choose HSS

Specialists at the top of their game

At Hospital for Special Surgery, 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.

Unparalleled success

HSS is the first hospital in New York to receive four consecutive Magnet Program designations. Among Magnet-designated hospitals, we have been in the 99th percentile for “likelihood to recommend” for 39 consecutive quarters (9 3/4 years). HSS 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

Photo of an operating room.

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 99.4th percentile in New York State and the 99.9th 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.

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Advanced pain management and rapid rehabilitation

HSS anesthesiologists have dedicated themselves to perfecting the art and science of regional anesthesia.

Regional anesthetics have been associated with less postoperative pain and nausea. More importantly, the use of regional anesthetics has been shown to result in fewer blood clots, reduced blood loss and minimized stress responses by the body, all of which result 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 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. Every physical therapist at the Hospital has advanced expert training in specific orthopedic recovery procedures, and our Magnet-recognized nurses specialize in caring for musculoskeletal patients.

Industry-leading research

Photo of HSS researchers. The goal of HSS 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 Institute, 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.

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 orthopedic alliance to align top orthopedic care providers around the world.

Understand your benefits and make an appointment

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 may still 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.

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