If I need surgery, where will my surgery be performed?
OrthoCare Surgical utilizes multiple surgery center locations in the NYC area as well as northern New Jersey to meet the needs and convenience of its patients. These centers focus on personalized care and efficiency allowing the patient to undergo surgery and return home in a matter of hours. Most of these locations additionally provide transportation to and from the centers. At each facility, our patients will find a dedicated nursing team as well as skilled anesthesiologists employing the latest techniques in regional block anesthesia so that pain is adequately controlled for the first 12 to 24 hours after surgery. Occasionally, due to a patient’s medical history, their surgery is best-suited to be performed in a hospital setting; for cases such as these, we often utilize Mount Sinai West in Manhattan.
What is a “bundled rate” for surgery?
In today’s healthcare environment, quality health insurance can be difficult to obtain. Further, even those with policies providing out-of-network (OON) benefits may be confronted by ever-increasing deductibles and co-payments that financially limit a patient’s ability to use their policies without significant up-front costs. OrthoCare Surgical provides a solution to this all-too-common problem. We have secured fee rates with our preferred surgical centers such that we can provide a combined flat fee, or “bundled rate,” to our patients that will cover both the cost of the services of the orthopedic surgeon and the surgery center facility. This allows those patients with prohibitive deductibles to avoid their insurance plan altogether and allows those without insurance access to the high quality of care and surgical expertise we provide. Contact us for more information on direct-pay arthroscopy (self-pay arthroscopy).
What is arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a surgical technique rather than a specific type of surgery. For most of the 20th century and prior to, surgical procedures were performed in an open manner. Open surgery involves the utilization of an incision large enough to allow the surgeon direct view of the organs and tissues that are the focus of the procedure. The use of large, open incisions was the standard of care until arthroscopic techniques began to be developed, the use of which gained popularity in the 1970s and ’80s. Instead of one larger incision, arthroscopy, as it applies to orthopedic surgery, involves the use of multiple smaller incisions placed strategically around the involved joint such as a knee or shoulder. Through these smaller incisions, the surgeon places tiny cameras and instruments that allow him or her to directly view the target of the surgery in an unimpeded fashion. These smaller incisions have obvious cosmetic advantages but also provide a surgical environment less likely to result in infection and stiffness of the joint after surgery. Our orthopedic care providers are specifically trained and experienced in performing arthroscopic surgery.
What types of joint injuries can be treated with arthroscopic surgery?
Arthroscopic surgical techniques have come a long way over the last 40 years to treat a variety of knee and shoulder injuries. For example, the vast majority of meniscal tear injuries and cartilage damage can be addressed with arthroscopy. Only occasionally would the goals of such a surgical procedure require the use of a larger incision. Reconstructive techniques like those used to replace an injured ACL or PCL can also be performed arthroscopically. With regard to the shoulder, arthroscopy is commonly employed at OrthoCare Surgical to treat almost all types of rotator cuff tear and labral tear injury as well as to adequately address the presence of inflamed bursal tissues. Arthrosopic surgical techniques can further be applied to ankle surgery for conditions of the ankle.
What is the recovery period from arthroscopic surgery?
Arthroscopic procedures, as compared to open surgical procedures, tend to have faster recovery times; and such recovery may be as little as three to six weeks after arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery. This is largely due to the fact that multiple precisely placed smaller incisions lead to less soft tissue disruption and less surgical incision site pain and risk of infection. Because of this, we often advise patients to resume use of the operated body part as soon as they see fit after surgery. This rapid return to function wouldn’t necessarily be advisable without the use of arthroscopy. Occasionally, a patient’s resumption of activity may be delayed at the advice of the treating orthopedic doctor depending on what repairs were performed at the time of surgery. Recovery often means different things to different people with varying vocational obligations and goals in mind. The providers at OrthoCare Surgical gladly spend the time necessary discussing these concerns so as to devise a postoperative plan with which the patient is comfortable.