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Joint Care at Sibley

Joint Care at Sibley Memorial Hospital

The Sibley Institute of Bone and Joint Health provides a comprehensive approach to the entire joint replacement process, beginning with evaluation and ending in rehabilitation to get you back to your daily life.  Our Nurse Navigator guides patients through the process to give patients a smoother, well-informed experience.  Our surgeons, who are on the leading edge of research, are teaching other surgeons around the country how to do complex procedures.

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as high-performing in orthopedic care, our reputation for excellence is well-known throughout the area.  Sibley is ranked among the top 100 hospital programs in the country for hip replacement and is a benchmark hospital for successful hip replacement surgeries according to HCIA. 

Sibley is the area leader in implementing advanced medical technology in its operating suites, including high-definition video technology, robotics and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Experienced surgical personnel work together with leading surgeons to provide consistent, excellent surgical care.

"Sibley is evolving to become one of the pre-eminent institutions in orthopedic care in the country." – Richard Barth, M.D., chief, Orthopedic Surgery

What our patients say about their care at Sibley:

"I received excellent care and everyone on the staff worked as a team."

Learn more about:
The Benefits of Joint Replacement Surgery
Your Guide to a Better Experience: The Sibley Nurse Navigator
Our Physicians
The Sibley Institute of Bone & Joint Health



The Benefits of Joint Replacement Surgery

The primary goal of joint replacement surgery is to restore mobility and relieve pain. Good evidence-based medicine data reveals that a typical total hip or knee replacement lasts at least 20 years in about 80 percent of patients, ensuring a durable and reliable improved quality of life. Joint replacement care at Sibley is comprehensive—encompassing the entire process from evaluation through rehabilitation.  It includes diagnostic imaging, patient education, surgery, and both in-patient and out-patient physical therapy.  Sibley has a skilled nursing facility, The Renaissance, for in-patient rehabilitation, if referred by their physician.

Healing times depend largely on the patient’s overall health, body type and lifestyle. With proper care, rest and therapy, patients heal sufficiently to return to most activities of daily living within several weeks of their procedure.  The duration of hospitalization ranges from 2 days for a shoulder replacement to 3-5 days following a knee or hip replacement.

Many patients want to know if they can still run, play soccer, play golf, etc. with a joint replacement.  Most often, the answer is yes, though it depends upon a number of factors that require coordination with your surgeon.  Most patients are able to resume athletic activity at a recreational level, enjoying the benefits of exercise and recreation without pain or limitations.

What our patients say about their joint replacement surgery at Sibley:

"I’ve had one knee replacement surgery at Sibley and now I need surgery on my other knee. I wouldn’t go anywhere else to have it done.  Sibley was the best."

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Your Guide to a Better Experience: The Sibley Nurse Navigator

Suzanne Honchalk, R.N.’s relationship with total hip and knee replacement patients begins with contacting them prior to surgery and encouraging them to attend joint replacement class. Once they’ve attended the class, they leave knowing exactly what to expect and what is expected of them. Patients learn about all aspects of their hospital stay, from the smallest details, such as where to park on the day of surgery, to explaining the entire span of their rehabilitation, including what to expect at home. The goal is to create greater peace of mind by making sure patients and their families know what is going to happen.

Throughout the process, the nurse navigator guides patients to give them a smoother, better-informed experience—reviewing pre-operative requirements and helping with details such as coordinating rehabilitation.

For information about Joint Replacement Pre-Operative classes, contact Suzanne Honchalk, R.N, MSN, ONC, Nurse Navigator at shonchalk@sibley.org or at 202-537-4144.

What our patients say about the nurse navigator at Sibley:

"Suzanne, the Nurse Navigator, helped me through all of the preparation for surgery.  From scheduling my appointments at the hospital to telling me how to prepare myself and my home after discharge—she was fabulous."

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Our Physicians

To find out more information about our orthopedic surgeons, click on their name below.  Each physician's specialties and practice are also listed for your convenience. To make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, call 
 

Richard Barth, M.D.
Hand, wrist, elbow, total elbow replacement, sports medicine
Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Steven Bernstein, M.D.
Fracture, sports medicine
Summit Orthopedics

Phil Bobrow, M.D.
Total knee/hip replacement
Summit Orthopedics

Marc Connell, M.D.
Total knee/hip replacement, sports medicine
Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Marc Danziger, M.D.
Total knee/hip/shoulder replacement, sports medicine
Orthopaedic Medicine & Surgery

Vincent Desiderio, M.D.
General ortho, total knee/hip replacement

Michael Goldsmith, M.D.
General ortho
Summit Orthopedics 

Richard Grossman, M.D.
Total knee/hip replacement, sports medicine
Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Mustafa Haque, M.D.
Hand, wrist, elbow, total elbow replacement
Summit Orthopedics

Denis Harris, M.D.
Total knee/hip replacements

Louis Levitt, M.D.
Unicompartmental knee, total knee/hip replacement
Orthopaedic Medicine & Surgery

Randall Lewis,  M.D.
Total knee/hip replacement
Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Edward Magur, M.D.
Foot and ankle, sports medicine
Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

David Moss, M.D.
Hand, wrist, elbow, total elbow /shoulder replacement, sports medicine
Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Noah Raizman, M.D.
hand, wrist, elbow, total shoulder/elbow replacement
Orthopaedic Medicine & Surgery

Stanley Rothschild, M.D.
General ortho, foot and ankle

J. R. Rudzki, M.D.
Fracture, sports medicine, total shoulder replacement
Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Thomas Ryan, M.D.
General ortho, total knee replacement

Mark Scheer, M.D.
Sports medicine
Orthopaedic Medicine & Surgery

Benjamin Shaffer, M.D.
Sports medicine, total shoulder replacement
Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Gautam Siram, M.D.
Unicompartmental knee replacement, total knee/hip replacement, including anterior hip replacement
Summit Orthopedics

John Starr, M.D.
General ortho
Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Anthony Unger, M.D.
Unicompartmental knee replacement, total knee/hip replacement, including hip resurfacing and anterior hip replacement
Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

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Sibley Institute of Bone & Joint Health

For more information about orthopedic care, sports medicine and joint replacement surgery, visit the Sibley Institute of Bone & Joint Health or call 202-660-6683.

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