A group of donors and guests of Shore Medical Center got a close look at what happens in a total knee replacement during two mock surgery events held recently at the Somers Point health facility.

The events were the first in a planned series hosted by the Shore Medical Center Foundation, according to Brian Cahill, director or Marketing & Public Relations. They were designed to further educate the medical center's supporters on the clinical expertise available at the facility and to showcase the state-of-the-art operating rooms in the Surgical Pavilion, he said.

Shore Medical Center orthopedic surgeons Dr. Stephen Zabinski, of Shore Orthopedic University Associates and Shore's Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, and Dr. Zachary Post of the Rothman Institute, led the surgeries, which featured a volunteer "patient" and "surgeon."

The mock surgeries brought the guests through every step of the knee replacement process.

The first event, under the guidance of Dr. Post, was held April 22 with Iliana Strauss and Maripeg Bruder, both residents of Haverford, Pennsylvania, serving as "patient" and "surgeon" respectively. Dr. Zabinski oversaw the April 28 mock surgery with Egg Harbor Township resident Peggy Multhaup as the "patient," and Marmora resident and chairman of the Shore Memorial Health System Board of Trustees David Beyel as the "surgeon."

The events began with all guests and clinical team members dressing in surgical attire and witnessing pre-op patient preparation.

Once the "patient" was prepped and in the operating room, members of the actual surgical team educated the group on every aspect of the procedure, including x-ray review, surgical instrumentation and sterilization, anesthesia induction, surgical scrubbing, gowning and gloving, skin prep, draping, surgery technique and undraping.

The group then proceeded to the Surgical Power Tools Skills Lab, where the "surgeon" conducted a total knee replacement on sawbones, which are artificial bone structures used in medical teaching.

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