Orthopedic Surgery

About Orthopedic Surgery at Monmouth


Orthopedic surgery is the branch of medicine devoted to the study, prevention and treatment of the injuries, the diseases and the deformities of the bones and joints, as well as the muscles, tendons, ligaments Over the last half century, orthopedics has evolved into one of the most exciting fields of medicine, as advances in technology and equipment have led to new treatment options for injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system its joints, muscles, bones and related structures. This is particularly important in today's on-the-move society.

Monmouth Medical Center's Department of Orthopedics Surgery has a long and celebrated history.

For more than 75 years, the department has been a leader of its time, from providing innovative treatment of polio during the 1940s to being at the forefront of medical and surgical advances in the continually evolving field of orthopedics. Monmouth also has New Jersey's oldest orthopedics residency program, providing physicians-in-training with academic instruction and clinical experience since 1945.

Residents receive their training from the department's attending orthopaedic surgeons, many of whom are fellowship-trained in such subspecialties as sports medicine, pediatric orthopaedics, hand, spine, microsurgery and joint replacement.

"We are proud of our long heritage in caring for the people of our community," says orthopaedic surgeon Jason Cohen, M.D., Department Chairman. "For more than 75 years, the department has been staffed by renowned orthopaedic surgeons in scholarship and achievement."

In looking back at the department, it gained international recognition in the mid-1940s when polio was sweeping the country and a Monmouth Medical Center orthopaedic surgeon, the late Nicholas Ransohoff, M.D., developed an innovative treatment for the disease, attracting thousands from across the country and even from overseas. At its height, patients, primarily children and young adults, occupied entire units of the hospital and often numbered close to 100.

More recently, the department became a pioneer in arthroscopic surgery, which revolutionized the field by opening orthopaedic surgery to an entire spectrum of less-invasive surgical procedures.

And today, the Department of Orthopaedics is committed to maintaining its leadership role by providing the latest in medical developments and surgical techniques.

The department handles nearly 2,000 annual admissions and 2,300 outpatient visits each year. A dedicated orthopaedics unit and a state-of-the-art operating suite support the growing demand for its services, including treatment of spine trauma and spinal cord injuries, and joint reconstructive and replacement surgery.

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