Areas of Expertise
The Johns Hopkins University Orthopaedic Department at Good Samaritan provides a comprehensive range of services to its patients. Consultation is performed in our private office clinic by each of our attending physicians. The main focus of our practice is lower extremity adult reconstructive surgery. This includes the surgical treatment of arthritis problems, particularly in the hip and knee. The surgeries performed by the Johns Hopkins University physicians at Good Samaritan include core decompression, osteotomy of the hip and knee, total hip and knee replacement, as well as revision total hip and knee surgery. The number of cases performed by our surgeons is over nine hundred per year. In addition to the standard cases performed, the Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Division is highly recognized as a tertiary referral center for more difficult cases and for various types of revision surgeries. These referrals come to our physicians from the local area as well as from all regions of the United States.
Because of our close affiliation with the Johns Hopkins Connective Tissue Division physicians who are located at the Good Samaritan Hospital, the orthopaedic group has been one of the pioneers in research related to connective tissue disease and is actively involved in establishing a research center for patients diagnosed with avascular necrosis of bone (osteonecrosis). The Johns Hopkins University physicians are investigating new methods for the treatment of osteonecrosis. The Division has been actively engaged in the clinical care of patients with osteonecrosis since its inception in 1972 and is currently following over 1000 patients with this diagnosis. All six faculty members in the Division have published extensively in this field. In 1994, based on an enabling grant from a grateful patient, matched by the Good Samaritan Endowment Fund, the Center for Osteonecrosis Research and Education was established.
Some of the surgeries performed here include:
- Total hip arthroplasty (replacement)
- Total knee arthroplasty (replacement)
- Revisions of total hip and knee arthroplasty
- Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty
- Resurfacing arthroplasty
- Trap door procedure
- Core biopsy
- Bone grafting
You can get more information on these services by visiting our topics page for patients.
Being on the cutting edge of the treatment of the various musculoskeletal diseases of the lower extremity involves participation in both educational and research programs. We are a referral center for osteoarthritis, osteonecrosis, and total joint procedures. As such, our education and research efforts reflect this. Our education effort includes not only traditional training of residents and fellows but exploration of new applications such as pre-operative patient classes and the development of this website. Our research facilities are constantly evaluating new approaches to diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis and osteonecrosis. We have devoted an entire subsection of our website to give you an overview of our research and education efforts.