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News Room: Press Releases

Same-day total knee replacement reunion

Virtua is a leader in minimally-invasive same-day total knee replacements, and patients who have undergone this cutting-edge procedure are in a class by themselves. Dozens of these surgeries have been performed at Virtua, one of the few hospitals in the country to offer same-day knee replacements.

Patients gathered recently for a reunion to celebrate the successes of the program. The surgeons at Virtua -- including Scott Schoifet, MD, and Rajesh Jain, MD, both fellowship-trained reconstructive orthopaedic surgeons -- form a special relationship with their patients. They diagnose the patient pre-operatively, perform the surgery, and are responsible for all post-operative care, providing a continuum of care that patients don't often experience with their surgeons.

Same-day total knee surgery is full knee replacement. Instead of spending the night in the hospital, the patient goes home the same evening. Most patients are in their 50s and 60s and are active, so there is no reason to keep them overnight. Rehab starts before leaving the hospital, and therapists have them on their feet within hours after the procedure.

Orthopaedic care at Virtua is part of the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at Virtua. Virtua's Total Joint Replacement Program was certified by the Joint Commission in 2006, one of the first in the country to receive the distinction.
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 every year since 2007. 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.