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The staff surgeons at our Knee and Shoulder Centers have a long history of servicing an international clientele. We have been pleased to treat patients from :

  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Iraq

  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • Venezuela

We offer the most highly specialized skills and advanced surgical procedures for the treatment of knee, shoulder, and elbow problems available anywhere in the world. While brain surgery or organ transplantation may require an international patient to travel to a U.S. University-based medical center, that is not the case for knee, shoulder, and elbow surgery. The best care in the world is available right here at our conveniently located suburban centers, without the impersonal approach, safety risks and other difficulties often associated with treatment at inner-city teaching centers here in the US.

Not only are our specialty surgeons former University team physicians and/or directors of University Sports Medicine programs, but as private practice physicians now they perform their surgery personally, having no obligation to allow physicians-in-training to perform their cases. This is probably the most important issue facing any patient coming to America for treatment at an advanced center; ie, will the surgery be done entirely by the physician you came here to see? In our practice, you will never need to concern yourself with that issue. Every last detail of your treatment is personally performed and directed by either Dr. Sapega (knee cases) or Dr. Sidor (all shoulder and elbow problems; and any knee problem requiring joint replacement). That is the reason why such a high proportion of their patients are either physicians, nurses or their family members. Surgery will take place in a technically sophisticated suburban surgical center with pleasant and friendly staff and competant anesthesia personnel. You will not be subjected to anesthesia physicians-in-training, practicing anesthetic procedures on you as they learn. Your anesthesiologist will be experienced and interested in providing you the most pleasant and complication-free surgical experience possible. The surgical care program we offer represents the utmost in comprehensive responsible, patient oriented service.

Our offices are located only a short drive from the Philadelphia International Airport, and our International Patient Coordinator can arrange local transportation and nearby lodging for either a short or an extended stay. We can assure you that you will not receive any of the "HMO-style" medical care that has become so prevalent in the United States. Our surgical practice does not contract with any HMO’s, so we have not needed to dilute down our staff resources or standard of care. You are treated entirely as a private patient and as a guest of The Knee and Shoulder Centers, at all times.

If you need physical therapy before you leave, our surgeons know the premiere knee and shoulder therapists in the Philadelphia region and can arrange for your treatment with them, as needed. We also provide you with detailed, written physical therapy protocols that you can take back with you, to finish out your rehabilitation in your home country. We can communicate with your physical therapist there, if any questions arise. These well established physical therapy protocols help minimize the amount of time you need to stay in the United States for your treatment.

If you are interested in obtaining more information about our International Patient Treatment Program, please contact our International Patient Coordinator via E-mail at You may also call Ms. Ronna Sepielli or Ms. Donna Ciminale, directly at (001) 856-273-8900.


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