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AGH Celebrates One Year of Specialized Joint Surgery

  • About the Center for Joint SurgeryAbout the Center for Joint SurgeryMore>>

  • Your Orthopaedic Surgical Team

    Your Orthopaedic Surgical Team

    All Center physicians are board eligible or certified in orthopaedics and have perfected joint replacement procedures. Meet Dr. Eric Bontempo, Dr. Thomas Beck and Dr. Philip Spinuzza. More
    All Center physicians are board eligible or certified in orthopaedics and have perfected joint replacement procedures. Meet Dr. Eric Bontempo, Dr. Thomas Beck and Dr. Philip Spinuzza. More
  • AGH Celebrates One Year of Specialized Joint Surgery

    AGH Celebrates One Year of Specialized Joint Surgery

    Atlantic General's Center for Joint Surgery is a specialized in-patient unit dedicated to caring for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery, fracture repair surgery and other orthopaedic procedures.More
    In November 2004, Atlantic General Hospital celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Center for Joint Surgery. Atlantic General's Center for Joint Surgery is a specialized in-patient unit dedicated to caring for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery, fracture repair surgery and other orthopaedic procedures.More
  • Put Your Trust in Excellence

    Put Your Trust in Excellence

    Our program is designed to prepare patients for surgery and support them throughout the entire recovery process. The procedures available at Atlantic General Hospital meet the highest standards.More
    Our program is designed to prepare patients for surgery and support them throughout the entire recovery process. Orthopaedic Surgical Procedures available at Atlantic General Hospital include: total hip replacement, total knee replacement, total shoulder replacement, revision of total knee replacements, fracture repair, reconstructive knee surgery, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, and so much more. More
In November 2004, Atlantic General Hospital celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Center for Joint Surgery. Atlantic General's Center for Joint Surgery is a specialized in-patient unit dedicated to caring for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery, fracture repair surgery and other orthopaedic procedures. Since the opening of the unit last November, the hospital and the physicians of Atlantic Orthopaedics have been providing the most technologically advanced treatment available in a relaxing, supportive atmosphere with the added safety and security of a licensed accredited hospital.

The surgeons at Atlantic Orthopaedics, Dr. Eric B. Bontempo, Dr. Thomas D. Beck Jr. and Dr. Philip J. Spinuzza, worked with Atlantic General Hospital to develop the Center for Joint Replacement in order to meet the growing local demand for joint replacement surgery and other advanced orthopaedic procedures. The Center uses a team approach, involving surgeons, nursing staff and physical therapy staff. Featuring eight private suites designed to create a calm, healing environment with the patient's comfort in mind, the Center is small enough to provide personal attention to every patient. Each room features a lounger, a refrigerator and other amenities not normally available during a hospital stay.

The Road to Recovery
The road to recovery begins long before a patient's admission to the hospital.

Before ever checking in for their procedure, patients are provided with preoperative education, tours of the unit and personal meetings with their therapists and nurses. The dedicated team of nurses and physical therapists only takes care of orthopaedic patients, allowing them to meet the special needs of orthopaedic patients.

To ensure the Center's continued high standards in patient care, each patient is given a satisfaction survey upon discharge and again six weeks after surgery to rate how they felt about their hospital stay and recovery from surgery. The Center uses the survey to monitor preoperative admission information, how courteous and knowledgeable the staff was, the cleanliness of rooms, the rating of equipment, the management of the patient's pain, the transition from hospital to outpatient setting and how patients rate their progress following surgery.

In the 10 months since the opening of the Center for Joint Surgery, patient satisfaction in all categories has consistently ranged between 97 and 100 percent. Nearly 170 patients have been cared for in the Center, and the numbers continue to grow.

The Latest Advances
Atlantic General Hospital provides the latest in technological advances in orthopaedic surgery, including procedures such as total joint replacement utilizing new alternate bearing materials such as ceramic and Oxinium implants. Many other orthopaedic surgical procedures, including arthroscopic surgery of the knee, hip, and shoulder; ligament reconstruction of the knee; rotator cuff surgery of the shoulder; shoulder replacement surgery; and cartilage transplant surgery are performed at Atlantic General.

The Center for Joint Replacement strives to provide education to the community through weekly tours of the Joint Center (for patients who are scheduled for surgery and for those who may be contemplating surgery) and monthly lectures by the surgeons of Atlantic Orthopaedics at the hospital and other area locations. The Center also sponsors a monthly arthritis support group at the Ocean Pines Library.

If you would like to be evaluated by the orthopaedic surgeons of Atlantic Orthopaedics, they can be reached at 410-641-1900. Those who wish to have a tour of the Center for Joint Surgery at Atlantic General Hospital can contact the Karen Christmas at 410-641-9131.

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