The Joint Institute

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We understand that joint pain can change how a person sees the world and dramatically impacts their quality of life. The physicians, nurses, rehabilitation staff, and administration of Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center have worked together to assemble a multidisciplinary team of specialists to create The Joint Institute – a comprehensive patient-centered care model for the surgical treatment of ailments. At the Joint Institute, our unique approach to joint replacement is designed to get patients back to their old selves faster and with less pain than ever before. We prepare and guide our patients and their families through the entire process of treatment including preparation for surgery, specialized post-operative care and preparation for discharge.


The Joint Institute offers:

  • A dedicated place in the hospital for the care of patients undergoing knee and hip replacements.
  • Private rooms to enhance recovery and patient comfort
  • A joint care coordinator to work with patients throughout their journey
  • Specially trained and dedicated health care team
  • Clinically proven physical and occupational therapy programs
  • Consistent team approach to patient care
  • Comprehensive manual to guide patients through their surgery and rehabilitation

Advanced Technology

MAKO Robotic Arm-Assisted Joint Replacement

Accuracy is critical to outstanding outcomes in both total or partial knee and total hip procedures. Using robotic-arm assisted technology, surgeons can now personalize a procedure to achieve optimal results with an advanced level of accuracy. As a leader in surgical services, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center offers robotic-arm assisted surgery for total and partial knee and total hip replacement. Learn more about robotic-arm assisted surgery.

ConforMIS Knee Replacement System

ConforMIS partial and total knee implants are customized to match each patient’s anatomy for a better fit and potential for a more naturally feeling knee. Using this technology, our orthopedic surgeons are able to convert a patient’s CT scan into a 3D model of their knee, correcting any underlying deformity. From that model an implant is designed to precisely match that patient’s size and shape.

Who Is a Candidate for Surgery?

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Primary candidates are individuals with chronic joint pain from arthritis that interferes with daily activities, walking, exercise, leisure, recreation, and work. Surgery aims to relieve pain, restore independence, and return you to work and other daily activities.

Is It the Right Time for Surgery?

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The decision to proceed with knee or hip replacement surgery is very personal.

It is usually a decision that you would reach in collaboration with your primary care physician and orthopedic surgeon. They will help you assess whether the condition of your knees or hips warrants joint replacement surgery or could be better addressed with other treatments.

Once you have made the decision, there are a number of important factors to consider when deciding where to have it done and by which doctor.

Pre-Operative Planning & Education

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In addition to the education provided in your surgeon’s office, every patient in the Joint Institute attends an intensive pre-surgical education program to prepare you for surgery. In the classes, you will learn in detail the mechanics of the joints and how they relate to your procedure.

You will received a detailed patient guide book (available below) that will let you know what to do prior to surgery, what to expect during your stay in the hospital and how to care for yourself when you leave the hospital. The classes for you and your family member will take place approximately three weeks before surgery.

The Joint Institute at Cooperman Barnabas Patient Guidebooks

Before & After Your Stay

Preparing For Surgery

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  • Education classes prior to surgery, preparing patients for their joint replacement and hospital stay
  • Review of helpful pre-surgical exercises
  • Convenient testing scheduled in conjunction with educational classes


The recovery phase begins as soon as the patient is out of surgery.

Patients can expect:

  • To be up and walking the day of surgery
  • Exercising in a Group Class setting
  • To be climbing stairs, practicing a safe transfer in and out of a car and walking, walking, walking!
  • Anticipate a home discharge

Going Back Home

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Most participants will be leaving the hospital to go home on post- operative day one or day two depending on their progress. By that time, patients and their families will be armed with enough information to continue the rehabilitation process at home. With the support of The Joint Institute, patients will be back to a better quality of life in no time. Our physicians and The Joint Institute staff are only a phone call away.

For more information, call 973-322-9546.

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