Hip and Knee replacements move to outpatient-style mode

AC Press

By BRIAN IANIERI
Staff Writer | Posted: Monday, September 1, 2014 

Hip and knee replacements have come a long way in Dr. Stephen Zabinski’s career as an orthopedic surgeon.

But one advancement is something unheard of 20 years ago — patients getting hip replacements in an ambulatory surgical center in the morning and returning home early in the afternoon.

This approach avoids possible days-long recoveries in a hospital and rehabilitation center, ultimately making it more cost effective for health care reform, he said.

Zabinski, vice president of Shore Orthopaedic University Associates, has performed these types of surgeries for more than three years and has been doing them at the Jersey Shore Ambulatory Surgical Center in Somers Point for about six months on certain patients.

“It really achieves all the goals we want to provide better care to patients in a safe way that’s more cost effective,” said Zabinski, who is the director of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at Shore Medical Center and President of the Jersey Shore Ambulatory Surgical Center. Continue reading

I’m always happy to share my story! Thank you Dr. Zabinski!

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Joe Leo

Joe just returned from vacation in Florida, he is so happy he was able to swim and walk on the beach again.

  • Joe Leo, Toms River, NJ 08753
  • Quad Sparing Total Knee Replacement – Right Knee
  • Physician: Stephen J. Zabinski, MD
  • Date of Procedure: February 25, 2014


Joe had been putting off knee replacement surgery for about a year.  The extensive rehab time and the daunting thought of being out of work for several months had him apprehensive about the surgery. Joe lives in the Toms River area and had seen several Orthopedic Physicians, they all told him the same thing. The average recovery time he heard was three to five days in the hospital, then around twenty days in a rehab facility, and out of work on disability for about three months.

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The Case for Partial Knee Replacement

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By: George C. Alber, MD

The knee is composed of three separate compartments. Osteoarthritis often develops in only one compartment of the knee, while the other two compartments remain relatively healthy. Patients who have osteoarthritis in only one compartment, the inner side, may be candidates for partial knee replacement.

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“Thank you Dr. Zabinski, The procedure went better than I had expected!”

patientstories_000Karl Baker, Northfield, NJ
Prepatellar Bursa of the Knee
Physician: Stephen J. Zabinski, MD

Karl Baker
“The procedure went better than I had expected. With a few limitations, I was able to go back to work in one week.”

Karl had been to many doctors trying to find help for his not too common condition, Prepatellar Bursa of the knee with fluid building on top of the knee.  “Everyone was referring me to Dr. Zabinski.”  Everyone including his family doctors, Dr. Piccone and Dr. Lucasti. Continue reading

Knee Replacement: Outcome was much better than I had expected!

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Thomas Santora, somers Point, NJ
Quad-Sparing Knee Replacement
Physician: Stephen J. Zabinski, MD

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“Physical Therapy was instrumental in my recovery,
Doug and his staff worked with me to recover quicker.”

Traditional Knee Replacement vs. Quad Sparing Knee Replacement:
Excruciating knee pain brought Thomas back to Dr. Zabinski at Shore Orthopaedic University Associates the same as it had three and a half years prior for his other knee. He was dreading it, but had heard good things about the quad sparing technique and decided to have it done.

Two weeks later Thomas had a follow up appointment, he said “After my appointment I walked home about 1 ¼ mile, with no pain.” “Three weeks after surgery I was cutting my lawn.” Continue reading