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Surgery at Virtua Marlton saves Flyers player's career

Young up-and-coming player Jon Kalinski made major contributions to the Philadelphia Flyers until everything changed in January during a road game against the LA Kings. Kalinski was kneed in the left thigh during the game. He was examined at a local hospital and felt fine when he boarded the flight home. But, by the time his plane landed in Philadelphia, he was in extreme pain. It was quickly determined that his injury was career-threatening, and emergency surgery was ordered by team doctor and Virtua orthopaedic surgeon William DeLong, MD. In less than hour, Kalinski was in surgery at Virtua Marlton for a condition called "compartment syndrome," which results when pressure within the muscles builds to dangerous levels. This prevents nourishment from reaching nerve and muscle cells. Without treatment, it can lead to paralysis, loss of limb or even death. Dr. DeLong performed a faciotomy to relieve the pressure on the leg and prevent tissue death. The staff at Virtua Marlton cared for the Flyers rookie for more than a week while his incision, which extended the length of his thigh, was treated and closed during an additional surgery. After six weeks of strength conditioning, Kalinski returned to the game. See WPVI TV-6 news footage from his first game day after the injury.
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. 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.