Center for Orthopedics

Supported by the intensive medical infrastructure of a Level 1 Trauma Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has a long history of excellence in orthopedics. An academic medical center affiliated with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the hospital and its patients benefit from the expertise of specialists both on the medical school faculty and in the community of private attending physicians, who are recognized as leaders in the treatment of injuries and diseases of the bones, muscles and joints.

The hospital's Center for Orthopedic offers services in:

Talent, Technology and Technique

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital's Center for Orthopedics is backed by leading-edge technology and continual refinements of surgical technique. One such advancement is the use of new materials used in joint replacements, creating a more durable implant. The hospital's medical staff has also been at the forefront in the development, testing and usage of new instruments and software in spine surgery and hip and knee replacement. One such system for hip and knee replacement works much like a global positioning system, and results in more accurate placement of the prostheses.

Another entails a special piece of equipment designed by a hospital spine specialist, called the "Spinejet", which allows for rapid, thorough and safe removal of a disc in spinal fusion surgery.


The application of forward-looking technology and techniques, the setting of an academic medical center and the unique capabilities of a Level 1 Trauma Center are what distinguish the Center for Orthopedics at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

The high quality of nursing care at the hospital also plays an integral role. Once out of surgery, orthopedic patients at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital arrive to a nursing unit dedicated entirely to orthopedics, where a devoted corps of nurses, physical therapists and other professionals, incuding a social worker and nurse practitioner, spring into action.

By working exclusively with orthopedic patients, the nurses are especially attentive to their needs. This experience gives them the ability to monitor patients' progress and offer individualized care.

Physical and occupational therapists are also essential to helping patients take their first steps to regaining their independence after surgery. The therapists' work actually begins before surgery, when patients arrive at the hospital for preoperative classes that teach them what to expect during their hospital stay, and how therapy will assist in their recoveries.

After surgery, therapists visit patients twice a day to keep them on the road to release.

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  • She was inspired by her husband Don’s successful hip replacement performed by Dr. Femino. Now, following knee replacement, Mrs. Welsch feels great and will return to the ski slopes this winter.

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