HSS is nationally ranked #1 in orthopedics, #3 in rheumatology, and #10 in neurology by U.S.News & World Report (2012-2013). HSS has been top-ranked in the Northeast for both orthopedics and rheumatology for the 22nd consecutive year. In addition, Consumer Reports ranked Hospital for Special Surgery the best hospital in New York City according to their patient satisfaction study.
Because an infection can be a devastating outcome for an orthopedic patient, Hospital for Special Surgery takes infection control extremely seriously and is proud of the recognition received for our significantly low infection rates.
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Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery is the nation’s oldest orthopedic hospital. More than 25,000 surgical procedures are performed annually. HSS performs more hip surgeries and more knee replacements than any other hospital in the nation. Every HSS surgeon who specializes in joint replacement performs more than 320 operations every year. Compare this to the fact that, nationwide, 5 out of 6 hip replacements are done by surgeons who perform fewer than 50 per year. Compare our volumes to other hospitals.
Hospital for Special Surgery was the first hospital in New York City to receive the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence and the first Hospital in the State of New York to be re-designated with Nursing’s highest honor.
With its state-of-the-art technology, large patient volume, and special “bench to bedside” teams of doctors and scientists, HSS can swiftly translate scientific breakthroughs into clinical treatments. HSS is one of only two facilities in the nation selected by the National Institutes of Health to be a Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Core Center. HSS has partnered with Weill Cornell CERT program to study the outcomes of joint replacement patients and has established the most comprehensive registry of its kind in the country.
Hospital for Special Surgery is one of the world’s largest academic centers devoted to orthopedic imaging. HSS radiologists have developed new protocols for the diagnostic imaging of bones, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues, including MRIs of metal implants and cartilage.
HSS anesthesiologists are globally recognized leaders in regional anesthesia. This technque, pioneered at HSS, has been shown to reduce bleeding, minimize post-operative pain, and shorten surgical time. Most importantly, the use of regional anesthesia reduces the chance of having a surgical infection by 50%! They train other doctors from around the globe, including residents from Johns Hopkins and Weill Cornell Medical College.
Every HSS doctor holds an appointment on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. HSS has one of the most sought after orthopedic residency programs with over 500 applicants competing for eight spots in 2009. Today, over 400 of its 500+ graduates hold positions in major orthopedic departments, many serving as department heads.
Doctors and therapists from Hospital for Special Surgery have the distinction of being the team physicians and athletic trainers for the followng professional and college sports teams: