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EJGH is recognized as a Blue Distinction Centers-Plus for Knee and Hip Replacement, providing comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries.

The Orthopedic Services at East Jefferson General Hospital feature a team of surgeons, therapists, nurses and professionals who are all dedicated to providing the highest level of care to every patient, every time.

Call HealthFinder to speak to our Healthcare Navigators at (504) 456-5000.

Total Joint Replacement Surgery

What is Total Joint Replacement Surgery?

Total Joint Replacement Surgery is a procedure that can provide relief and restore freedom to those who suffer with debilitating pain in their arthritic hip and knee joints. Your arthritic joint is removed and completely replaced with a manufactured joint that is designed to simulate the smooth motion of a non-arthritic joint.

For more information on Total Joint Replacement Surgery, email us at

Knee or Hip Replacement

A total knee or hip replacement is an operation to replace the worn or damaged parts of your joint. The surfaces of the diseased joint are removed and replaced with a mechanical artificial joint that is called prosthesis. This surgery can relieve the pain and stiffness in your knee joint.

The following list includes health care providers and suppliers that have established a sharing agreement with East Jefferson General Hospital in order to share in financial rewards and/or losses in the CJR model:

  • Collaborator:
    • Jeffery Sketchler, M.D.
    • 3939 Houma Blvd. Ste 21; Metairie, LA 70006
    • Start Date of Sharing Arrangement with CJR Participant Hospital: 1-Oct-16
  • Collaborator:
    • Warren Bourgeois, M.D.
    • 3939 Houma Blvd. Ste 18; Metairie, LA 70006
    • Start Date of Sharing Arrangement with CJR Participant Hospital: 1-Jan-17

Anterior Hip Replacement

This form of hip surgery allows the surgeon to make the incision at the front of the hip instead of through the buttocks or side of the hip. This approach allows the doctor to access the hip socket without having to cut through several major muscle groups. This has resulted in significantly less recovery time, a smaller incision, shorter hospital stays, and a quicker return to work and normal activity for patients.

For an examination to determine if you are a candidate for Total Knee or Hip Replacement, call HealthFinder at (504) 456-5000. They can help you find a doctor who fits your needs and your insurance plan.

Rehab & Recovery

The more you can follow the guidelines before and after your surgery, the greater results you will enjoy. In our pre-surgery educational class, rehabilitation will be discussed in detail. East Jefferson General Hospital offers dedicated and excellent therapists who will begin working with you the day of, or day after, your surgery. Then, after your discharge, we offer outpatient rehab services along with a secondary recovery and rehab period at our Outpatient Rehabilitation Center.

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Meet Our Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Abhishek Kumar

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Abhishek Kumar is a part of the EJ Lakeview medical practice and specializes in non-invasive surgeries to the spine. He is an expert in the diagnosis and management of both routine and complex disorders of the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine and has a special interest in spinal deformity and minimally invasive spine surgery. By treating degenerative and traumatic conditions of the back with minimal invasion, he is able to limit pain, provide a shorter hospital stay and bring better outcomes.

Dr. Kumar completed his medical training at the University of Calgary and his Orthopedic Surgery residency at the renowned McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Following this, he was accepted for a fellowship in Spine surgery at the prestigious Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York before arriving in New Orleans.

Dr. Kumar is available and taking appointments at EJGH Lakeview delivering personalized care and clinical excellence to the community. To make an appointment with Dr. Kumar, call EJGH Lakeview at 504-503-6760.