Advanced Spine and Orthopedic Institute

The Shore Medical Center Advanced Spine and Orthopedic Institute is an unparalleled program offering a comprehensive treatment continuum of care within a highly integrated health care delivery network.

The Advanced Spine and Orthopedic Institute is designed to help patients who are dealing with everything from everyday aches and strains to sports injuries to more serious spine or orthopedic injury or disease.

Our program continuously strives for improvement while focusing on the outcome of our patients. Shore Medical Center is proud to be Certified by The Joint Commission for Disease Specific Care for Spine Surgery, Hip Replacement, and Knee Replacement.

Our goal is simple: to return our patients to normal function as quickly and safely as possible.

Our Advanced Spine and Orthopedic Institute services include:

Joint Replacement & Reconstruction

Today, adults are maintaining an active lifestyle later in life than ever before. Over time major joints begin to break down causing pain and limiting one’s ability to do what they enjoy. At the Shore Advanced Spine and Orthopedic Institute, our goal is to decrease your pain and return you to the activities that are important to you.

Why Choose Shore?

  • Our Orthopedic Patient Flow Manager follows our patients from the time they are scheduled for surgery through discharge to home, providing education, ensuring communication, and acting as a patient advocate.
  • Our surgeons. We are very fortunate to have some of the best joint replacement surgeons in the region right in our backyard.
  • Our facility. A brand new state of the art surgical pavilion was recently opened. This helps ensure that our patients’ surgeries are conducted as safely and efficiently as possible.
  • Our people. Our therapists, nurses, case managers, and other specialists work together to maintain our program. Building a program does not happen by accident and could not be realized without the dedication of our people. Our results. We strive to create a solid reputable patient experience and our results back this up. By combining clinical outcomes that beat the national average, such as infection rates and dislocations, with customer service and functional outcomes we ensure that our program is constantly striving to improve.

Joint Commission's Certification
A team based approach to care drives our success. With a staff of top class orthopedic surgeons and a multi-disciplinary hospital based team, our daily focus is on improving the experience and outcomes of our joint patients. Shore has received the Joint Commission’s Disease Specific Certification for both Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement surgeries based upon this approach.

Patient Education Prior to your Joint Replacement Surgery

Knee Surgery Testimonial
Lewis Cullen had his knee replaced at Shore Medical Center by Dr. Stephen Zabinski of Shore Orthopaedic University Associates. Watch the video below to hear from Dr. Zabinski about his care for Lewis, and how he was able to help Lewis get back to doing what he loves.

We are proud of our program and our results. To learn more, please call (609)-653-4600.

Spine Care

As the region’s leading spine surgery provider, the Shore Medical Center Advanced Spine and Orthopedic Institute provides effective treatment for spinal injuries, chronic back and neck pain and other disorders of the spine, including:

  • Back & Neck Pain
  • Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbosacral and Intervertebral Spinal Conditions
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Scoliosis & Spinal Deformities
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Infections

Shore Medical Center is proud to be Certified by The Joint Commission for Disease Specific Care for Spine Surgery.

To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers every two years. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program’s processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff. Shore's Spine Program provides a multi-disciplinary approach to the diagnosis, treatment and care of spinal disorders. The program coordinates an exceptional team of specialists from the departments of neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation medicine, neurology, anesthesia and prosthetics.

Board certified physicians and specially trained nurses work collaboratively and seamlessly with psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, social workers and other affiliated healthcare professionals to deliver exceptional neurological care.

Diagnostics & Treatment

Effective treatment of spinal injuries, chronic pain or other disorders of the spine begins with a complete evaluation and precise diagnosis to determine the source of each patient’s symptoms and condition. Shore Medical Center's Spine Program patients are thoroughly evaluated by a physician, often utilizing sophisticated neuroradiological and other advanced electrodiagnostic techniques, to determine whether he or she is a candidate for surgery and/or other non-surgical care.

The Spine Program's approach ensures an evaluation that effectively addresses the unique healthcare the needs of each individual patient.

Conditions Treated:

  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative diseases of the spine
  • Tumors of the spine
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal stenosis


  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Discography
  • Endoscopic spine surgery
  • Fusions (anterior and posterior)
  • Microsurgery of the brain and spinal cord
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Nerve conduction studies
  • Radiofrequency procedures
  • Spinal reconstruction
Sports Medicine

Injuries that occur during or related to athletic competition have become common among today’s active population. At the Shore Medical Center Advanced Spine and Orthopedic Institute, our philosophy is to provide all athletes – both professional and recreational - with the same high quality level of care.

Our dedication to keeping the athletic community healthy and active is evidenced by the comprehensive nature of our programming. In addition to providing specialized assessment and treatment for sports-related injuries, our clinical team is also actively involved in educating our area’s athletes, coaches and parents about injury prevention and recognition. We believe that educational programming is an integral factor to our success, and that by providing programs to the community which teach proper strength building, flexibility, conditioning, endurance and training techniques, we can help to minimize the risk of injury occurrence.

  • Shoulder Instability
  • ACL Tears
  • Stress Fractures
  • Muscular Strains
  • Shin Splints
  • Patella Instability
  • Throwing Injuries
Foot & Ankle

Our specialists at the Shore Medical Center Advanced Spine and Orthopedic Institute are trained to correct foot and ankle problems and pain. We employ the use of a variety of assessment and treatment tools, including the latest technological advancements, to establish an accurate diagnosis quickly and develop a plan of care that fits the needs of each patient suffering from foot or ankle pain related to:

  • Ankle Sprains
  • Heel Spurs
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Foot Deformities
  • Bunions

Patient Testimonials

Surgery may be scary, but can also be life-changing. At Shore, patients receive the highest level of patient-centered care from surgeons like Dr. Ted Lai, of Shore Orthopaedic University Associates. We invite you to click on the videos below to listen to incredible stories of the difference Dr. Lai has made in the lives of  members of our community.  We are truly thankful to Dr. Lai for his skills as a surgeon, and his compassion as a caregiver.

Hand and Upper Extremity

This area of the human body is uniquely complex and includes the joints, bones and muscles of the fingers, hand, wrist, arm, elbow and shoulder. Its intricate and mobile design coupled with the use and abuse sustained each day can make this region of the body highly susceptible to injury.

Evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of the hand require a special skill set. The staff of the Shore Medical Center Advanced Spine and Orthopedic Institute works together to diagnose and effectively treat the problem, and to ensure that the recovery process is as effective and efficient as possible.

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Fractures/Dislocations
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
Educational Videos and Articles

Our patient education library is powered by our partners at the Wellness Network. This online video and resource library is available to you to browse for accurate, reliable health and wellness information.


Shore Medical Center’s Laminar Ultra Airflow Operating Suite has been at the center of the region’s most advanced joint replacement program for more than ten years.

This high-tech marvel uses a high velocity air filtering system to create a completely sterile operating room environment, so important in extensive hip and knee replacement surgeries. Every eight seconds the air is completely filtered, thus reducing the chance of infection and resulting complications. Surgeons wear self-enclosed full-body “space suits” for further patient protection.

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For more information, please call 609-653-4600.