WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A new era of orthopedic care has arrived in Westchester County at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital where a team of sports medicine and orthopedic physicians from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) is providing world-class, specialized orthopedic services in a community hospital setting.
“Our goal is to bring New York City-level care and the full range of subspecialty orthopedic care that we offer at Columbia up to Westchester,” said Jeffrey A. Geller, MD , Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and the Chief and Director of Research, Division of Hip and Knee Reconstruction at CUMC’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Geller is also the Nas S. Eftekhar Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at CUMC. “Columbia stands at the very forefront of research, education and collaboration in orthopedics. We are the only academic orthopedic department in New York City that has the capacity to provide comprehensive orthopedic surgical services to patients living in Westchester.”
As a result of the collaboration with Columbia, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence can now offer a wider range of advanced surgical and non-operative orthopedic services. Dr. Geller, a nationally recognized expert in the non-operative and operative treatment of arthritic disorders of the hip and knee, leads a team of fellowship trained experts in the specialties of hip and knee reconstruction, pediatric and adult sports medicine, foot and ankle, hand, elbow, shoulder, spine and trauma.
Dr. Geller has extensive experience in the latest and most advanced minimally invasive techniques for procedures including partial knee replacements, anterior hip replacements, hip resurfacing, as well as minimally invasive hip and knee replacements. He performs primary joint replacement surgery and revisions of failed or painful joint replacements only after he considers all non-operative treatment options.
“We are very conservative in our care and choose non-operative approaches first and foremost,” said Dr. Geller. “However, if surgery is necessary, it is nice to know that you can have the surgery right here at NYP Lawrence, which means you do not have to travel to New York City for your care.”
As a specialist in trauma of the lower extremities including hip fractures, fractures around joint replacements and fractures related to osteoporosis, one of Dr. Geller’s primary goals as the Director of Orthopedic Surgery is to establish a large orthopedic trauma service in the Westchester region that can quickly and expediently treat patients who present with a broad variety of orthopedic trauma, from every-day injuries to highly complex fractures requiring surgical intervention.
“Hip fractures are on the rise, particularly among the elderly,” said Dr. Geller. “Our goal is to standardize care for trauma patients, which involves getting them to surgery faster, and get them up and moving as soon as possible after surgery. This standard of care has been proven to improve the outcomes and quality of life for hip fracture patients.”
Dr. Geller’s other initiative at the Hospital is pre-emptive pain control, the prevention of surgical pain before it begins after surgery, in order to help orthopedic surgery patients experience a faster, more comfortable healing process. “We can now prevent pain before it begins by taking a multimodal approach to pain control,” he said. “Our team of orthopedic surgeons is prescribing smaller doses of medication that target specific pain centers, and we are working with anesthesiologists who can provide nerve blocks and local anesthetics to prevent the onset of pain.”
For Dr. Geller, teamwork is the cornerstone of orthopedic care that is now available at NYP Lawrence. “We collaborate closely with anesthesiologists, pain management specialists, physical therapists and nutritionists to create a plan of care that addresses each patient’s unique needs before, during and after surgery,” he said. “The new generation of medicine is all about collaboration. We are proud to work with the specialists at NYP Lawrence to bring true multidisciplinary orthopedic care to patients living in Westchester.”
Dr. Geller sees patients in Bronxville and Tarrytown, with surgical procedures performed at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. To make an appointment with Dr. Geller, call 914-750-4650.
To learn more about the comprehensive services available, visit nyp.org/lawrence-ortho .