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Published on January 10, 2011

Introducing the Abington Health Orthopaedic & Spine Institute

A Mini-Revolution

Abington, PA (January 10, 2011) — Limping, gimpy, wimpy knees? Aching, spastic, bombastic spine? Grinding, binding, hobbling hips? A new option for orthopaedic and spine surgery is available at Lansdale Hospital.

Abington Health proudly presents the opening of the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute (OSI), a premier diagnostic, medical/surgical treatment and rehabilitation center with convenient locations at both Abington Memorial Hospital and Lansdale Hospital. This marks the first Abington Health service line to be located at both hospital campuses.

Led by Andrew M. Star, M.D., medical director, Orthopaedic & Spine Institute, OSI is staffed by more than 75 physicians at Abington Memorial Hospital and Lansdale Hospital, including joint replacement surgeons, spine surgeons – both orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons, hand surgeons, sports medicine specialists, pain management physicians, rehabilitation medicine specialists, trauma surgeons, rheumatologists and podiatrists. There is also an expert, dedicated support team of OSI nurses, skilled in musculoskeletal care.

“We are extremely excited to open the new Orthopaedic & Spine Institute, particularly at Lansdale,” said Star. “It has been a dream to standardize joint replacements and spine services at both hospitals and to expand these services to residents of the Lansdale Hospital community, bringing the most complex care close to home.”

Lansdale Hospital represents an all-new, technologically advanced extension of the Institute that includes a specially-designed rehabilitation area, private patient rooms, and wifi areas. This convenient suburban campus offers personalized, patient-focused care, in a brand-new facility.

Over 1,000 joint replacements are performed each year with more and more patients choosing Abington Health for their care. OSI surgeons offer virtually every kind of minimally-invasive surgery imaginable, and the vast majority of joint replacements can be performed minimally invasively. Recently, anterior hip replacement has become a trademark procedure performed at Abington. This surgery is performed on specially designed tables, allowing the surgeon the optimal position to access the joint to spare muscle and tissue. Other procedures performed at the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute include knee replacements, hip resurfacing, and ankle, shoulder, elbow, wrist and finger surgeries. Using minimally invasive techniques, OSI spine surgeons, including orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons, perform fusions, microdiscectomies and bone-grafting. They also perform corrective procedures for degenerative conditions and traumatic injuries. 

To better help those with joint and spine problems understand their options, Abington Health’s Orthopaedic & Spine Institute has created a free online pain assessment. After spending a few moments entering information, online visitors get a “Sore Score” to learn the best next step for alleviating their pain. The Sore Score assessment can be taken at www.abingtonhealth.org/bone.

Additionally, a variety of free programs are available throughout the year. These include learning more about back pain, preparing for joint replacement, the latest about living with arthritis and more. A current schedule is available at www.abingtonhealth.org, or call Community Health Services at 215-481-2204.

Abington Memorial Hospital’s program – designated as a Blue Distinction Center® for hip, knee, and spine surgery by Independence Blue Cross of Philadelphia – was the first teaching hospital in Pennsylvania to receive the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval and Disease Specific Certification from the Joint Replacement Commission for hip and knee replacement program.

For more information about Abington Health Orthopaedic & Spine Institute, please call 215-481-BONE, or visit www.abingtonhealth.org/bone today.

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