Reconstructive Orthopedics

Joint Replacement

Dr. Mark Schottenfeld of Reconstructive Orthopedics of Central New Jersey has specialized training in adult hip and knee replacement and complex revisions. He will thoroughly evaluate your condition and may perform knee arthroscopy to help determine which procedure is the most appropriate surgery or which type of artificial joint is best for you.

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common causes of chronic joint pain and disability. When non-surgical treatments no longer help to relieve your joint pain, you might be a candidate for joint replacement surgery.

For long-lasting relief from arthritis pain, talk to Dr. Schottenfeld about your joint replacement options. To schedule an appointment, call Reconstructive Orthopedics of Central New Jersey today at (908) 222-8858.

Short-Stay Joint Replacement

Not so long ago, most patients who had joint replacement surgery remained in the hospital for 4 to 5 days and were then discharged to a subacute rehab facility for post-operative physical therapy.

With today’s modern multimodal pain management techniques, we can now offer short-stay joint replacement surgery. Over 85% of our patients spend less than three days in the hospital and are discharged directly to their home – no rehab facility stay necessary.

How is this possible? Advanced anesthesia techniques available today result in much better immediate pain control than general anesthesia. Eliminating intravenous (IV) narcotics and their associated side effects enables patients to get up and moving the day after surgery.  

This early mobilization allows qualified patients to be discharged from the hospital directly to the comfort of your own home with arrangements for home nursing care and physical therapy. The days of extended hospital and rehab facility stays are over.

Short-stay joint replacements are a relatively pain-free experience. Patients will receive extensive education in our office and during joint replacement classes at the hospital (what to expect, how to prepare for surgery, what happens after surgery, etc.)

Dr. Schottenfeld will evaluate your condition and current health status to determine if you are a candidate for short-stay joint replacement. If you are in good physical health and committed to your physical therapy care plan and doing what it takes at home to recover, then you might be a candidate for short-stay joint replacement.

Joint Replacement Procedures

From traditional procedures to the latest surgical techniques, Dr. Schottenfeld performs the most advanced joint replacement surgeries for the hip and knee, including:

Hip:

Knee:

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Joint Replacement and Revision

Joint replacement surgery, also called arthroplasty, involves removing the damaged portion of the hip or knee and replacing it with an artificial joint that allows for pain-free movement.

When performing knee replacements, Dr. Schottenfeld uses Verilast® materials and Visionaire® patient-matched technology to create the strongest custom-made replacement possible. We utilize specialized imaging including MRI and long X-rays to determine the anatomy of your individual bone structure, and then engineers create custom instrumentation used exclusively for your surgery.

Dr. Schottenfeld emphasizes the use of Trabecular Metal™ for hip replacements, which uses porous materials that closely resemble normal bone. The physiology, function, and structure of Trabecular bones allow your existing tissue and bone to grow right into it for improved patient outcomes and superior flexibility.

Revision knee replacement or revision hip replacement refers to the removal of an old, worn-out joint replacement. The old implant is replaced by new, revision components.

Prior to undertaking this procedure, your physician must verify and prove that the old joint replacement is not infected. This is critical! Simple tests required include a negative WBC indium-labeled nuclear medicine scan, a normal blood count and ESR or SED rate, and/or verification by a specialist in infectious disease (ID).

We can refer you to a qualified ID specialist, but an infected joint replacement should and must be treated by the surgeon and facility that performed the original joint replacement. Infected total joints are not accepted for care.

Revision surgery is more extensive and complex than a primary joint replacement. Dr. Schottenfeld will discuss this in detail with prospective patients after it has been verified that the prior implant is not infected. Sometimes a low-grade infection requires extensive diagnostic testing for verification.

Visit our patient education library to learn more about total hip and total knee replacement, and minimally invasive knee replacement surgery.

Don’t let joint pain hold you back from what you love to do! Call Reconstructive Orthopedics of Central New Jersey today at (908) 222-8858 to learn more about joint replacement and joint revision surgery in Edison, NJ.