Preparing for Orthopaedic Surgery with Dr. Harwin
Your surgery will take place at Mount Sinai West, located at 1000 Tenth Avenue in Manhattan. The main hospital telephone number is (212) 523-4000.
Surgical procedures fall into two general categories: Ambulatory surgery, in which you come in to the hospital the day of surgery and go home immediately following your procedure; and Same Day Admission surgery, in which you arrive at the hospital the day of surgery and then are admitted to the hospital for an overnight stay or longer. All routine arthroscopic procedures are performed on an ambulatory basis. Complex joint reconstruction including total hip and total knee replacement require a 2 day stay in the hospital.
To prepare for your surgery with Dr. Harwin and learn more about your procedure, please browse the links below.
Preparing for Surgery
To understand your upcoming joint replacement procedure, it is helpful to understand how your joints work. Learn more about hip and knee joints and how joint replacement implants help to relieve pain.
Knee pain can affect everyday life, and is a common reason for patients to seek joint replacement surgery. Learn more about the causes of knee pain and the different surgical options Dr. Harwin offers to improve knee pain.
Prepare for your upcoming surgical procedure with information on surgical suites and procedure preparation instructions from Dr. Harwin’s offices.
It is normal to have questions leading up to surgery. Dr. Harwin has provided some of the most common questions he hears from patients preparing for joint replacement surgery, along with his answers to those questions.
Surgical Procedures & Approaches
Bloodless surgery refers to any surgical procedure that requires no introduction of blood from outside sources. Dr. Harwin has been a proponent of bloodless surgery for decades, using minimally invasive approaches and other surgical techniques to minimize blood loss during surgery. This is a great option for patients who cannot receive blood transfusions for religious reasons, including Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Minimally invasive advances in joint replacement surgery allow patients to enjoy the benefits of joint replacement with quicker recovery times and less blood loss during surgery. Dr Harwin performs a number of different types of minimally invasive procedures for the hip and knee, including custom-fit knee replacement and anterior approaches for hip replacement.
Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery has improved upon the benefits of traditional hip replacement surgery techniques. Hip replacements employing minimally invasive techniques like the anterior approach allow patients to begin moving around sooner after surgery, which may lead to quicker recovery.
Dr. Harwin offers minimally invasive knee replacement techniques to allow patients to have quicker recovery times. Minimally invasive knee replacements also typically result in less scarring, because smaller incisions may be used.
Many patients are concerned about visible scars after surgery. Dr. Harwin and his team offer absorbable sutures, similar to those used in plastic surgery, to help reduce scarring. This technique gives patients a much more appealing result for surgical incisions after healing.
Patients will often have questions about what happens in the postoperative period, including questions about incision care and return to activity. Dr. Harwin has provided answers to the top 10 questions asked by patients in the postoperative period.
Postoperative infections are rare, but are a possibility with any surgery. Dr. Harwin and his team take every possible precaution to help patients avoid postoperative infections. It is also important for patients to be able to spot the signs of an infection so that they may notify Dr. Harwin and his staff as soon as possible.
Dr. Harwin has found cold therapy to be very beneficial to patients after joint replacement surgery. Cold therapy can help to reduce swelling and the need for medication during recovery. Because cold therapy devices are not covered by all insurance plans, Dr. Harwin has also arranged special reduced pricing for his patients.