High Volumes, Expertise Highlight Orthopedic Surgery Program
Multiple locations offer quick access for total joint procedures
Chronic joint pain can be debilitating and restrict an otherwise active lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Physicians at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Center for Orthopedic Medicine are ready to help by offering the latest treatment options at multiple locations.
For total joint replacements, LVHN’s entire surgical team is fellowship trained and includes doctors from VSAS Orthopaedics and OAA Orthopaedic Specialists. Many total joint replacement patients at LVHN will return home after 48 hours in the hospital, during which a comprehensive team of health care professionals — including orthopedic nurses and physical and occupational therapists — is dedicated to their care.
Most patients recover in private rooms, and their family members can spend the night with them if needed. Recovery continues post-discharge at one of many convenient LVHN rehabilitation sites throughout the region.
“Because we have multiple physicians with multiple subspecialties, we cross-cover one another, making sure patients have access to the best in the field,” says LVHN orthopedic surgeon Prodromos Ververeli, MD, with VSAS Orthopaedics. Surgeons at LVHN also are experienced in the latest techniques for total joint replacement, soft tissue repair, arthroscopy and spinal fusion.
That expertise is one reason why Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) is the only provider in the region ever to be recognized among the top 50 U.S. hospitals for orthopedic care by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital also holds a Blue Distinction Center+ award for hip and knee replacement from Blue Cross-Blue Shield, and an Institute of Quality designation for orthopedics from Aetna. LVHN performs more orthopedic procedures than anyone else in the region.1
A multilocation center
LVHN’s program is spread across multiple locations to deliver the most convenient care. Locations include:
- LVHN–Tilghman — Our campus in South
Whitehall Township that’s dedicated to orthopedic care
- LVH–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street and the Fairgrounds Surgical Center in Allentown
- LVH–Muhlenberg in Bethlehem
A full spectrum of orthopedics
LVHN’s commitment to orthopedics starts at the practice level. “We’ve made a practice-wide commitment to be available when patients need us, and we strive to get patients seen fast,” Ververeli says.
LVHN’s care also includes orthopedic rehabilitation, sports medicine and LVHN Fitness facilities for strength training and to promote healing postsurgery. Also, two traumatologists at LVH−Cedar Crest are fellowship-trained in orthopedic trauma care and work full-time to handle patient trauma cases. In addition, all of the center’s orthopedic physicians are capable of treating acute injuries.
To refer a patient to the Center for Orthopedic Medicine, call 888-402-LVHN.
1. “CY12 Orthopedic Inpatient Discharges by Sub-Product Line by Hospital.” PHC4, NJ DOH, HCAB Product Line Definitions.