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Orthopaedic Doctors, Surgery and Services

Orthopaedics Services at Franklin Hospital

Welcome to the Franklin Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. We invite you to explore the many different parts of our website which reflect the breadth and depth of our orthopaedic services. Our mission is to provide the highest quality patient care, and to perform cutting-edge research. We are committed to comprehensive care for patients, from diagnosis through all phases of treatment and rehabilitation.

Award-Winning Orthopaedics Surgery

Franklin Hospital is ranked best on Long Island for joint replacement outcomes according to HealthGrades® the leading independent ratings organization in the U.S. Among the 3,000 hospitals surveyed, Franklin was in the top ten percent overall and the only hospital on Long Island to receive the five-star rating – HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence™ for 2011, 2012 and 2013. It also placed Franklin as best in Nassau County for overall orthopaedics.

Our Orthopaedic Residency Training Program provides coverage day and night, 365 days a year. Franklin's orthopaedic doctors and attending staff participate in continuing education of the orthopaedic residency trainees with a dual focus on the basics of total orthopaedic care and services combined with education on the most up-to-date procedures and treatments.

Orthopaedic care is provided in the Emergency Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Orthopaedic Surgery Program offers a full range of surgical treatments, from trauma injuries to total joint replacements. Our combination of expertise and utilization of new techniques enables most orthopaedic surgery procedures to be performed as same-day surgery. For patients requiring hospitalization, Franklin offers a dedicated nursing unit for the care of the orthopaedic patient.

Franklin Hospital’s Orthopaedic Services Line offers an extensive network of highly skilled orthopaedic doctors and surgeons who specialize in all fields of general orthopaedic care and surgery, as well as fracture care, sports medicine, total joint replacements and spinal surgery. We combine the expertise and experience of specialists to develop an orthopaedic care plan that fits the needs of each individual. As part of North Shore-LIJ Health System, our experts offer state of- the-art, multidisciplinary care to help patients regain mobility and return to active, independent lives.

Over the last few years, we have created a superior orthopaedic center. The orthopaedic surgeons, doctors and staff at Franklin Hospital are extremely capable and fully equipped to manage many different musculoskeletal problems, including those of the upper extremity, lower extremity and spine. To complement orthopaedics, a variety of outpatient and clinical services are available to our patients, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Radiology
  • Pain management

Following hospitalization, some patients may also require in-patient rehabilitation. For those who qualify, we can facilitate a smooth transition to the Orzac Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, conveniently located on our campus. We are dedicated to the total orthopaedic care of our patients — from diagnosis through all phases of treatment and recovery. We have developed an orthopaedic services line with highly recognized surgeons and a support staff that specializes in orthopaedic care. We also have a number of firsts in technologically advanced joint care.

Franklin Firsts:

  • The first INBONE® Total Ankle Replacement in the greater New York metropolitan area was performed at Franklin Hospital
  • The first Total Knee Replacement in the United States that used the NexGen® LPS Flex Mobile Knee Prosthesis was performed at Franklin Hospital.

Contact Us
Franklin Hospital
900 Franklin Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580
(516) 256-ORTHO (6784)

Orthopaedic Services

Franklin Hospital’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has an extensive network of physicians who specialize in the following areas:

Orthopaedic Surgery for Ankles

Ankle specialists are experts in treating fractures, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, impingement sprain and tendon disorders.

General Orthopaedic Surgery

General orthopaedic surgery specialists diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Our physicians can see acute musculoskeletal injuries and routine orthopaedic problems. Treatments include minimally invasive and arthroscopy surgery for the spine, hip, knees, shoulders, ankles, elbows and wrists.

Orthopaedic Surgery for Hands

Hand surgery is the field of medicine that deals with problems of the hand, wrist and forearm. Our orthopaedic doctors care for these problems without surgery, and they are specially trained to operate when necessary.

Many hand surgeons are also experts in diagnosing and caring for shoulder and elbow problems. Hand surgeons are orthopaedic, plastic or general surgeons who have additional training in surgery of the hand.

Orthopaedic Surgery for Hips

Hip surgeons are experts at diagnosing and treating hip diseases which include osteoarthritis and hip fractures. Treatments include total and partial joint replacement.

Orthopaedic Surgery for Knees

Knee diseases such as ligament injuries, ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries, and meniscus tears (a rupturing of one or more of the fibrocartilage strips in the knee) are common disorders that are diagnosed and treated by surgeons who specialize in the knee. Treatments include total and partial joint replacement.

Orthopaedic Oncology

Musculoskeletal Oncology or Orthopaedic Oncology services offer diagnosis and treatment services for the following cancer-related conditions:

  • Benign and malignant tumors of the bone and soft tissue
  • Metastatic disease of the musculoskeletal system
  • Metabolic bone disease

Orthopaedic Surgery for Shoulders

Shoulder surgery can help with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, rotator cuff and other types of arthritis. Surgical procedures for the shoulder include:

  • Arthrodesis — also called a joint fusion. Arthrodesis permanently holds the shoulder in a fixed position, and allows bone to grow across that joint. Although the joint will never bend again, there is often dramatic pain relief in that area.
  • Hemiarthroplasty — a shoulder replacement surgical procedure.
  • Osteocapsular Arthroplasty — the removal of debris within the joint, as well as loose cartilage or bone and bone spurs from the joint.
  • Synovectomy — removes swollen or inflamed synovial fluids surrounding the elbow that lead to the pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Shoulder Replacement — replaces the upper joint of the humerus (upper joint bone) with an artificial prosthesis. Used on degenerative joint conditions.

Orthopaedic Surgery for the Spine

Spine surgeons are physicians who receive special training in the diagnosis and treatment of the spine which include problems with the neck (cervical spine), mid back (thoracic spine), and low back (lumbar spine).

Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery

A sports injury refers to the kinds of injuries that most commonly occur during sports or exercise. Some sports injuries result from accidents; others are due to poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning or insufficient warm-up and stretching.

Total Joint Replacement

Joint replacement, a surgical procedure to remove and replace an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial joint, may be considered only after other treatment options have failed to provide adequate relief from pain and/or disability.

Clinical Services

  • Diagnostic
  • MRI
  • Bone scan
  • Laboratory
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Pain management

Innovations in Orthopaedic Care

The Orthopaedic Department is very active in constantly upgrading to the newest total joint implant. The addition of the newest bio-technology materials enables enhancements to fracture repair and healing. Specialist care and attention is available at all times.

Patients undergoing joint replacement receive comprehensive education prior to surgery covering pre- and post-operative care. Under the direction of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, resident orthopaedic doctors receive extensive advanced training on a constant basis. Some of Franklin's orthopaedic residents go on to specialty fellowships at prestigious hospitals.

Complementary Orthopaedic Services

The Department of Orthopaedics works collaboratively with the in-house Rehabilitative Medicine Department, offering physical and occupational therapy to ensure a rapid recovery for the patient. When necessary, patients can be transferred to the Orzac Center for Extended Care & Rehabilitation.

As a member of North Shore-LIJ Health System, our Orthopaedics Department has access to the most up-to-date orthopaedic techniques and the expertise of orthopaedic specialists to ensure that patients receive the highest level of orthopaedic care available.

Community Events

Our Orthopaedic Team performs community education through outreach services such as lectures, classes and health fairs throughout the year. Topics include fall prevention, ergonomics, updates on total joint replacement surgery, and managing arthritis among others. For more information on these programs, please call (516) 256-ORTHO.

Choosing a Rehabilitation Facility

Rehabilitation services are provided in many different settings, including the following:

  • Hospital-based rehab
  • Acute inpatient rehab
  • Sub-acute / short-term rehab
  • Home care
  • Outpatient rehab

Learn more about North Shore-LIJ’s rehabilitation facilities.

When investigating rehabilitation facilities and services, patients and their families are encouraged to ask general questions such as:

  • Does my insurance company have a preferred rehabilitation provider that I must use to qualify for payment of services?
  • What is the cost and will my insurance company cover all or part of the cost?
  • How far away is the facility and what is the family visiting policy?
  • What are the admission criteria?
  • Has the facility handled treatment for this type of condition before?
  • What are the staff's credentials?
  • Is therapy scheduled every day? How many hours a day?
  • What rehabilitation team members are available for treatment? How are the patient and family included in planning care?
  • What type of patient and family education and support is available?
  • Is there a physician on site 24 hours a day?
  • How are emergencies handled?
  • What type of discharge planning and assistance is available?

Orthopaedic Patient Care Unit at Franklin Hospital

Franklin Hospital's Center for Surgical Specialties, a 29-bed unit, is also home to the hospital's orthopaedic patients. This new unit has been refurbished with carpeting and wood flooring, wood-paneled walls, new furnishings and flat-screen TVs. These upgrades and others are not only aesthetic, but also functional.

The 1E lounge is utilized for our pre-operative total joint replacement classes. This allows joint replacement candidates to have the class directly on the unit that they will be staying on after surgery.

Total Joint Replacement Program at Franklin Hospital

Franklin Hospital’s Total Joint Replacement Program offers a continuum of musculoskeletal care within a highly integrated healthcare system. The program is designed to deliver high-quality specialized care to every patient and return each patient to normal function as quickly and safely as possible.

The program’s skilled orthopaedic surgeons bring the highest level of credentials, specialty training and experience to our Total Joint Replacement Program. They work together with a treatment team that provides an exceptional level of personal attention to every patient. We employ the latest techniques available to enhance our clinical team’s ability to restore function and maximize the clinical outcomes of our patients.

Patient Education

Franklin Hospital offers a pre-operative Joint Replacement Class, designed to provide all the information you will need to understand what will happen before, during and after your surgery. We strongly encourage you to register to attend one of the sessions. To register for a session, please call (516) 256-ORTHO (6784). We look forward to meeting you.