Dr. Branson, Dr. Morgan and Dr. Belcher are the medical directors
of the Center. All Center doctors are board certified, and are active
in national physician organizations that study and develop joint
reconstruction technology. They will work with you on a personal
basis to help you decide if and when joint replacement is right
Dr. Belcher trained at the Mayo Clinic. He brought joint replacement
to our area in the early 1970’s, when joint replacement was in its
infancy. Over the years, he has performed large numbers of joint
replacements. With years of hands on experience, Darrell evaluates
new technology to determine not what is new, but what is better.
Dr. Branson trained at Northwestern University, performing surgery
with the joint implant service, and working in joint replacement
research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Philip has
worked with Dr. Belcher, performing hundreds of joint replacements
each year since 1987.
Dr. Morgan received special training in joint replacement in a
fellowship at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic. He joined Dr. Belcher
and Dr. Branson with glowing recommendations from Dr. Lester Borden,
a nationally recognized figure in joint reconstruction surgery.
Dr. Belcher and Dr. Branson feel that Fred adds valuable skills
to the practice.
The doctors routinely assist each other at surgery, and often consult
with each other on difficult cases. The doctors feel that their
diversity in training and experience helps them to evaluate treatment
alternatives and select the best possible option for each patient.
Greg Southers, PAC, is a certified physician’s assistant. Greg
joined the doctors to improve the efficiency and overall level of
service in the office. Greg works closely with the doctors, and
can answer many questions when the doctors may not be immediately
available. Greg is professional, well trained, and well liked by
|Operating room team:
|“I went to Philiadelphia to see joint surgery, but when I
came to Princeton, I saw it done well.” JP– Orthopaedic
surgeon visiting PCH to observe minimally invasive hip surgery
Visiting surgeons are impressed the efficiency and professionalism
of the operating room staff. High technology joint replacement
involves complex computer equipment and specialized surgical
instruments. In some cases, there may be over 100 special instruments.
The operating room team consisting of nurses and technicians are
specially trained, so your operation will progress smoothly and
efficiently. Routinely, the operating room staff prepares for your
surgery several hours before your operation starts. In some cases,
when special implants or instruments are required, preparation by
the OR staff may start weeks before your surgery.
Our operating room staff attends national meetings with the doctors,
and has extensive experience in joint replacement. They frequently
review the xrays and operative plans with the doctors, and work
with the implant manufacturer to be sure that the instruments and
implants are in perfect order before surgery starts.
During the surgery, the operating room staff is so professional
and well prepared, that the nurses and technicians frequently have
the instrument in the doctor’s hand before he asks for it. The doctors
comment that they are spoiled; and that it is a pleasure to work
with a professional staff that considers their work far more than
just a job.
The special training and strict attention to detail makes for smooth
sailing, with even the most complex procedures. In most cases, joint
replacement, even both right and left knee replacements can be done
in about 1 hour.