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Morristown Medical Center To Have Presence at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting

March 12, 2019

Visit Morristown Medical Center at Booth #5732

March 12, 2019, Morristown, NJ – Dr. James C. Wittig, Chairman, Orthopedic Surgery, Morristown Medical Center, and Medical Director, Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Oncology and Sarcoma Surgery for Morristown Medical Center/Atlantic Health System, will be featured in two Orthopedic News Journal features at the prestigious American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Meeting, to be held in Las Vegas from March 12-16.

Dr. Wittig will be prominently featured in two articles in the meeting’s daily publication, Orthopedic News Journal—one about how to begin an orthopedic oncology practice, and one about his predictions for the future of orthopedics.

Despite advancements in technology, robotic and navigation devices, and pain management, Dr. Wittig believes the future of orthopedics lies in pre-surgery care.

“In the coming months, the field can expect to see an increase in patient optimization before surgery, more streamlined care delivery models that focus on the patient’s journey, continued early ambulation, advancements in imaging and prosthesis, discharge to home versus rehab or skilled nursing facilities when appropriate, and virtual/telehealth visits,” Dr. Wittig said.

“The field has far from reached its limit in terms of innovation. Future modifications in joint replacement, materials, mechanical designs, minimally invasive instruments and discoveries in biologics and growing new bone and cartilage will prove beneficial, but often take years to develop. While these are some of the most necessary innovations, we need to focus on improving other patient specific factors to continue to optimize outcomes.”

Morristown Medical Center will host an exhibition booth at #5732.

Dr. Wittig and his team are also featured in the following videos on the AAOS website:

“Radical Resection of the Left Scapula due to a Dedifferentiated Chondrosarcoma”

Abstract: A 32-year-old male with a history of multiple hereditary exostosis presented to the office with left shoulder pain. The patient underwent a CT-guided biopsy that confirmed the diagnosis of a high-grade dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma and subsequently underwent a radical resection of the left scapula with a latissimus dorsi muscle flap rotation. Dr. Wittig will discuss the technique for radical resection of a dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma of the scapula.

"Radical Resection of a Proximal Tibia Parosteal Osteosarcoma"

Abstract: A 21-year-old female with no prior medical history presented to the office with a right knee lesion. She had no history of trauma to that area or any associated symptoms and underwent an open biopsy which confirmed the diagnosis of a parosteal osteosarcoma. She subsequently underwent a radical resection of the proximal tibia with a gastrocnemius muscle flap rotation. Dr. Wittig will discuss the technique for radical resection of a parosteal osteosarcoma of the proximal tibia.

About Orthopedics at Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System’s orthopedic program offers residents of New Jersey and the surrounding areas access to high-quality multidisciplinary treatments that span pre-surgical education through post-operative rehabilitation. With the latest diagnostic technologies and robotic equipment, many of our board-certified surgeons are experts in minimally invasive techniques that result in faster recoveries, greater range of motion, and smaller scars.

Each year, the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute performs more than 4,000 joint replacements and treats more than 1,400 traumatic orthopedic injuries, and US News and World Report recognized Morristown Medical Center as a high-performing hospital orthopedics in 2018.

Orthopedists at Morristown Medical Center provide assistance caring for patients with complex fractures of the pelvis and upper and lower extremities. For complex sports injuries, Atlantic Sports Health has highly-trained physicians who are experts at diagnosing and treating orthopedic and sports medicine problems and are active participants in academic and research programs. The Orthopedic Oncology program performs limb-sparing surgeries for patients with bone tumors or sarcomas.

For children with orthopaedic needs, orthopedists collaborate with pediatricians from Goryeb Children’s Hospital in all aspects of care, including state-of-the-art diagnostics, surgical treatment and assistive technology.

Atlantic Health System Orthopedics is nationally recognized for its expertise, earning numerous awards and accreditations for its services. Learn more >

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of more than 16,800 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system offers more than 400 sites of care, including six hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ.

In addition to the employed workforce, Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network represents more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ. This network includes 1,000 physicians and providers comprising one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey - Atlantic Medical Group, as well as members of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners which work to enhance patient care delivery.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs including 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across seven health systems in New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.