Newton-Wellesley Hospital Outpatient Surgery Center

Construction is well underway on Newton-Wellesley’s new Outpatient Surgery Center, located at 25 Washington Street in Wellesley. The new Center will house four operating rooms on the second floor and space on the first floor for a medical office. The operating rooms and office, in 17,000 square feet of space, will provide the most up-to-date technology and equipment. 

“The new operating rooms are identical in layout to the operating rooms on the Newton-Wellesley campus,” says Elizabeth Langford, Business Planning Manager at Newton-Wellesley.

“When planning for the construction of the Outpatient Surgery Center we wanted to keep the two locations as similar as possible since we have found a method that works well on the Hospital campus to provide our patients with the very best care. This will allow for a seamless transition for surgeons who are used to working in our current space. When moving from one facility to another, they will find the same set up and equipment.”

At the opening of the Center, the new operating rooms will be used for outpatient orthopaedic and hand surgical procedures.

Arthroscopic Surgical Options
The Center will offer patients access to the same arthroscopic surgical options, an alternative to open surgery, as the main Hospital campus. Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows the surgeon to look at the inside of a joint in the body through a thin viewing instrument called an arthroscope. The arthroscope has a light source and a video camera attached that sends images from the camera to a video monitor. These magnified images provide a clear picture of the joint. A sample of joint tissue can also be collected for biopsy.

During an arthroscopic procedure, surgeons can look at the surfaces and surrounding soft tissues including ligaments and cartilage. This procedure can be used to diagnose and repair joint problems, remove a loose or foreign body, or to monitor a disease or the effectiveness of a treatment. Arthroscopy is commonly performed on the knee, shoulder, ankle, hip, elbow and wrist. This technique offers patients many benefits including decreased pain and a quicker recovery time. This procedure will be performed on an outpatient basis at the new Center.

A More Efficient Process
Having a dedicated Outpatient Surgery Center will provide great benefits to patients.

“The Center will have a very focused and planned approach to outpatient orthopaedic and hand surgery, which will streamline the process for our patients,” says Joe Opolski, Perioperative Services Director at Newton-Wellesley. “Since this space is dedicated to outpatient surgery without any volume from the inpatient side of the Hospital, we will be able to make the experience efficient for our patients. Our current operating rooms on the Hospital campus have such a wide variety of cases and provide emergency surgery so it’s harder to keep the process predictable.”

Having the Outpatient Surgery Center will also allow Newton-Wellesley to conduct more complex inpatient surgery in the operating rooms located on campus.

“This expansion is part of a Hospital-wide strategy to work on making our processes as cost-effective as possible,” adds Joe. “By moving outpatient surgery to a more appropriate setting, we will be able to increase efficiency in both locations and create additional capacity. This will be a great benefit for patients being seen at the Center and at the Hospital. We are excited to offer an even higher level of quality care.”

Autumn 2012 Opening
The new Center is scheduled to open in the early fall. Once the base building is complete, the Hospital will begin moving in equipment and training physicians and staff in the new location.

“We are looking forward to getting into the space and working on implementing the medical and technical components. The physical facility is very open with lots of natural light. It will be a great space for our patients and their families,” says Elizabeth. “Our team is excited to open the Center and have another location to provide excellent care to our community.”

Hand Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
The Orthopedic Surgery Service is one of Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s largest clinical services. Patients of all ages with disorders of the musculoskeletal system are treated by highly skilled, compassionate orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons using state-of-the-art technology. The hand surgery specialists affiliated with Newton-Wellesley make up one of the largest hand surgery services in New England. They provide care for conditions from the shoulder to the fingertips and treat fractures, joint injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, tendonitis, trauma and congenital deformities. Some of Newton-Wellesley’s hand surgeons will now be performing procedures at the Outpatient Surgery Center.

A procedure done quite frequently at the Hospital is distal bicep tendon repairs. This surgery helps patients with partial and complete tendon ruptures to quickly return to their everyday activities. Bruce Leslie, MD, Hand Surgeon at Newton-Wellesley recently performed his 400th distal bicep tendon repair – quite an accomplishment!

The biceps muscle, located in the front of the arm, helps bend the elbow, rotate the forearm and keep the shoulder stable. The muscle is attached by tendons to bones in the shoulder and the elbow. If you tear the distal biceps tendon at the elbow, you will experience sudden pain and weakness of elbow flexion and forearm rotation. Once torn, the biceps tendon will not grow back to the bone and heal. Other arm muscles make it possible to bend the elbow fairly well without the biceps. But rotating the forearm from palm up to palm down will be much weaker. Surgically repairing the tendon helps a patient recover their strength and movement.

“More distal biceps tendons have been repaired at Newton-Wellesley than any other hospital in New England,” says Dr. Leslie. “The operating room staff and Hospital therapists have years of expertise treating this very specific condition. I am thrilled to be working with such an experienced team that helps patients regain their quality of life and live pain free.”

More Information
For more information about surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, please visit or call CareFinder at 1-866-NWH-DOCS (694-3627).

Bruce Leslie, MD
Hand Surgeon at Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Dr. Leslie received his medical degree from SUNY Upstate – Syracuse. He completed his residency and fellowship in hand surgery at the New England Medical Center and the New England Baptist Hospital and the New England Baptist Hospital. Dr. Leslie is board certified in hand surgery and orthopaedics.

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