TLC’s New Series ‘Little People: Just Married’ Visits Hospital for Special Surgery

NEW YORK—January 16, 2009 

TLC will launch a new series “Little People: Just Married” and Hospital for Special Surgery in New York will play an important role.

The TLC series follows newlyweds Bill and Jen Klein as they embark on their new life together. Watch as the couple faces the demands of marriage while living in an average- sized world. One of the first challenges they face together is Bill’s need for double hip replacement, which requires a highly specialized orthopedic surgeon and hospital – when they came to HSS they found both.

  
Bill and Jen Klein with their nurse, John Frankelis, RN

The series will feature Mathias Bostrom, M.D., attending orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, who performed Bill’s hip replacement surgeries six weeks apart.

“The primary objective of Bill’s hip replacement surgery was to eliminate pain,” said Dr. Bostrom. “These procedures will help to improve his gait and increase his level of performance to enable him to resume lifestyle activities like bike riding.”

Complex issues are involved in anesthesia for this type of surgery and Thomas Quinn, M.D., attending anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery, provided counsel on the type anesthesia that would be most appropriate in advance of Bill’s surgery. Dr. Quinn is featured administering anesthesia throughout both surgeries as well.

In addition, the series follows the couple from surgery through bedside rehabilitation to discharge. The show highlights the care provided by the following departments: Nursing and Perioperative Services, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Food and Nutrition and Patient/Family Atrium Services.

“Little People: Just Married” began airing on TLC on January 19, at 10 p.m., ET.  It also airs Friday, February 13 at 10pm and midnight. Stay tuned to TLC in the coming weeks for new chapters of the Kleins' story.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 4 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2008), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In 2008 and 2007, HSS was a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.

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