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Newton-Wellesley Hospital Outpatient Surgery Center
“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.
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
Autumn 2012 Opening
“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.”
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.”