Mount Sinai Health System: 8 things to know for spine, orthopedics

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U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals rankings for 2019-2020 listed Mount Sinai Hospital as 14th among the nearly 5,000 hospitals in the country and 18th for orthopedics.

In 2013, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners merged to form Mount Sinai Health System, which is the largest private health system in New York City.

Here are eight things to know about Mount Sinai Health System:

1. Founded in 1852, the New York City-based hospital consists of 10 buildings as well as the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Kravis Children's Hospital.

2. Andrew Hecht, MD, is chief of spine surgery for MSHS and director of the spine center in the department of orthopedics. Leesa Galatz, MD, serves as professor and chair of the department of orthopedic surgery.

3. Mount Sinai has a total of eight spine surgeons, 32 neurosurgeons and 51 orthopedic surgeons, according to a representative from the health system.

4. Baron Lonner, MD, chief of minimally invasive scoliosis surgery at Mount Sinai, performed the first spinal tethering surgery in New York City to correct idiopathic scoliosis. The Tether Vertebral Body Tethering System, developed by Zimmer Biomet, uses a set of screws and anchors that are implanted along a flexible cord. The system can then be tightened to correct spinal curvature over time.

5. Mount Sinai's spine bioengineering laboratory is developing minimally invasive interventions to prevent and repair painful spinal pathologies with a focus on intervertebral disc degeneration. The lab is researching fibrogels and annular repair strategies to prevent disc reherniation and serve as a matrix for disc regeneration.

6. The limb lengthening and joint preservation service at Mount Sinai uses internal lengthening rods and stem cell treatments intraoperatively to accelerate healing. The treatments aim to correct deformities such as lower limb malalignment and hip dysplasia in young patients to prevent arthritis later in life.

7. Led by the department of neurosurgery, the medical modeling core uses virtual reality, simulation and 3D printing to provide clinicians with timely and cost-effective 3D models for their cases. Mount Sinai fuses 3D printing and robotics to provide personalized hip and knee implants for patients and develops custom implants for joint replacements for severe shoulder deformities, including arthritis, dislocation and bone loss in revision settings. 

8. Mount Sinai offers percutaneous Zadek osteotomy, a key-hole procedure to treat a chronic orthopedic disorder called insertional Achilles tendinopathy. Ettore Vulcano, MD, assistant professor of orthopedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, performs the procedure that can reduce pain, recovery time, and postoperative complications compared to traditional surgery, which requires larger incisions and carries a higher rate of infection. 

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