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The Penn Musculoskeletal Center

What is the Penn Musculoskeletal Center?

The Penn Musculoskeletal Center, the first of its kind in Philadelphia, is revolutionizing the way orthopaedic care is delivered. The Center provides the latest diagnostic techniques and the most advanced surgical and non-surgical options for a range of disorders, injuries and pain found in joints, muscles or bones.

The Center has 49 exam rooms and is located on the 7th and 8th floor of Penn Medicine University City.

It brings together Penn clinicians from numerous specialties, including orthopaedics, rheumatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine and musculoskeletal radiology. This team-based model of care creates a seamless, integrated patient experience and the most efficient process towards an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

Learn more about musculoskeletal care.

How do I get to the Penn Musculoskeletal Center?

The Penn Musculoskeletal Center is located at 3737 Market Street in Philadelphia. Parking is available at an onsite garage as well as other locations at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Penn Medicine University City is easily accessible by public transportation (SEPTA and PATCO).

Patient drop-off/pick-up is located at the front entrance of Penn Medicine University City on 38th Street.

Did any of the Penn Orthopaedics locations relocate?

Yes. The Penn Orthopaedics locations at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (1 Cupp) and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (3 Silverstein) are now closed and will no longer accept patients. Physicians at these former locations relocated and will now see patients at the Penn Musculoskeletal Center.

The Penn Orthopaedics practices at Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Medicine Radnor, Penn Medicine Valley Forge, Penn Medicine Cherry Hill and Weightman Hall (Sports Medicine) will remain unchanged.

Find the location closest to you.

What should I bring to my appointment?

For us to better serve you, it is very important that you bring the following items to your visit:

  • Photo identification
  • Your health insurance card and any expected co-payment
  • A list of current medications
  • Any and all previous x-ray, MRI, CT, or bone scans
  • Your referring physician and primary care physician's name, address, and phone number
  • A list of your questions and concerns

What is a Penn Patient Care Coordinator?

The Penn Musculoskeletal Center will feature new Patient Care Coordinators who will make sure all the pieces of your musculoskeletal care is delivered in a seamless way.

If surgery is recommended, your Patient Care Coordinator will review what you'll need prior to surgery, collaborate with you and your family to coordinate your discharge plan and act as your advocate. Your Patient Care Coordinator will be available to answer any questions that you or your loved ones might have throughout the process.

Where is the sports medicine location?

Sports medicine physicians will see patients on the 8th floor of the Penn Musculoskeletal Center.

Additionally, the specialists at the Penn Sports Medicine Center at Weightman Hall (235 S. 33rd Street) will continue to provide comprehensive care. Physicians at both locations will provide individualized treatment plans for individuals and athletes of all abilities.

Where will my surgery take place?

Outpatient surgery is performed at The Surgery Center, located on the 5th floor at Penn Medicine University City. This facility is designed to maximize surgical efficiency, resulting in less patient waiting time—all set in a family-friendly environment.

Inpatient surgery will continue to take place at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital.

What happens after surgery?

After your procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room. Because patients respond differently to surgery, the length of stay in this area will vary depending upon your procedure and the type of anesthesia you have received. Discomfort and nausea are not uncommon after procedures. You will be frequently asked about your pain level and the nursing staff will provide you with comfort measures, as needed. The nursing staff will offer you some light nourishment such as water, juice or crackers when suitable and begin to prepare you for your discharge home.

It is required that you be accompanied home by a responsible adult after surgery, as you will not be able to take a taxi or drive yourself home after receiving anesthesia. Be sure that someone will be staying with you to care for your immediate needs after surgery.

Should you have any problems the night of surgery, please be sure to call your doctor's office or answering service.

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