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3,000 knees mark a Virtua Memorial milestone

Experience counts when you’re deciding which surgeon and surgical team should perform your minimally invasive knee replacement (MIS). At Virtua Memorial, a medical milestone was just reached as the Memorial orthopaedic surgical team just completed their 3,000th MIS total knee replacement procedure. 

Joann Mieliwocki, RN, explains: "It's amazing that we have done this many procedures, but not surprising, since our surgical team works so efficiently together—like a— high tech machine."

Scott Schoifet, MD, director of Virtua's Joint Replacement Institute, couldn't agree more. "I have the best OR team going. Everyone knows their job flawlessly. I've worked alongside people like Joann for 10 years. It's a pleasure having such accomplished staff to work with, along with knowing we've helped so many patients get back on their feet and walking without pain."

The Memorial orthopaedic surgical team uses an MIS, quadriceps-sparing technique. This involves making a three to four inch incision, a technique that does not cut the quadriceps tendon, the largest tendon in the body. For patients, benefits include a faster recovery and getting back to their normal activities sooner.

Carol Childress, RN, assistant nurse manager and orthopaedic coordinator, says: "there are many puzzle pieces in scheduling a surgical procedure, including the availability of patients, staff, operating rooms, hospital beds and equipment. It's a balancing act that we have accomplished this 3,000 times and counting."




As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.