Advances in Joint Surgery

The Jim & Ellen Kaplan Center for Joint Reconstruction Center
The Kaplan Center for Joint Reconstruction Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital offers patients premium joint services in one convenient location. Through a collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, orthopaedic surgeons work closely with multidisciplinary teams to bring patients a range of services including sophisticated, minimally invasive procedures and resurfacing.

The Joint Center team provides superior patient care from diagnosis to recovery featuring the expertise of orthopaedic surgeons with specialized skill sets and highly developed techniques.

Minimally Invasive Surgery
Various minimally invasive surgical techniques are utilized to provide more outpatient procedures, shorter inpatient stays and decreased recovery time. Surgeons offer arthroscopy - a minimally invasive procedure - as an alternative to open surgery. Arthroscopy involves smaller incisions and decreased recovery time. Surgeons use computer-navigated or computer-assisted surgery, various conservative muscle and bone-sparing techniques and new, improved pain management methods that result in easier, faster recovery from joint repair and replacement and faster return to regular activities.

“Our pain control program at Newton-Wellesley has been exceptionally successful and has all but eliminated the pain that occurs immediately after hip and knee replacement,” says Alfred Hanmer, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon at Newton- Wellesley Hospital.

Joint Center surgeons have access to three state-of-the-art operating rooms with laminar flow and operating room of the future equipment to optimize patient joint surgery outcomes.

Conditions Treated
The Center offers surgical options for patients with joint pain. Some of the orthopaedic disorders treated include:

  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Cartilage and labral injury
  • Joint malalignment
  • Ligament and tendon tears

Blue Distinction® Designation
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts recognized the Joint Center with a Blue Distinction® Designation for demonstrating reliability in delivering knee/hip replacement with better overall outcomes for patients. Blue Distinction is a nationwide program that recognizes medical facilities that meet a national set of objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality.

This designation indicates to patients and their physicians that Newton-Wellesley met objective, evidence-based selection criteria that demonstrate reliability in delivering knee/hip replacement, with better overall outcomes for patients. As a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, Newton-Wellesley offers comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services (including total knee replacement, total hip replacement and hip resurfacing).

“The Blue Distinction Designation was a direct result of our team approach to providing exceptional care for our patients,” adds Dr. Hanmer. “We have worked hard to streamline and finely tune the patient experience to provide the best possible outcome.”

The Blue Distinction Centers initiative has more than 15 years of experience in working with expert physicians and medical organizations to help consumers find quality specialty care while encouraging health care professionals to improve the overall quality and delivery of care. The evidence-based selection criteria, which require the demonstration of reliability in delivering knee and hip replacement services and achievement of better overall outcomes, were developed with expert physicians and medical organization input and include a comprehensive evaluation of structure, process, and outcome measures.

Multidisciplinary Support
Patients seen at the Joint Center receive care from a higher percentage of attending-level physicians than many other health care institutions. Patients can also have their concerns addressed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by an attending-level orthopaedic surgeon from the Joint Center. The Hospital’s Emergency Department also has attending-level care available around the clock, seven days a week and has its own Radiology Imaging Suite, which includes two digital X-ray rooms and a 64-slice CT scanner.

Patients have access to a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic technology and treatment options from physicians with significant expertise in the field of orthopaedics. Surgeons at the Center work with multidisciplinary support teams at Newton- Wellesley including Radiology, Rehabilitation Services, Physical Therapy, Infectious Disease, Physiatry, Intensivists and Hospitalists to effectively and efficiently provide high-quality care.

“Our multidisciplinary collaborative approach to patient care has resulted in maximizing positive results. From appropriate pre-operative assessment through the inpatient experience and finally to post-operative rehabilitation, we have developed a highly efficient and successful program for our patients.”

More Information
For more information about the Center for Joint Reconstruction Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, call CareFinder at 1-866-NWH-DOCS (694-3627) or visit

Alfred Hanmer, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Center for Joint Reconstruction Surgery, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Dr. Hanmer received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Baystate Medical Center and Tufts NewEngland Medical Center. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.




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