Here are three ambulatory surgery centers that have acquired new technology for orthopedic procedures.
Jefferson Surgical Center at the Navy Yard (Philadelphia). The surgery center recently acquired the Navio robotic system for knee surgeries. According to Administrator Joseph DeMarco, the robotics program was requested by one the surgeons at the center. The surgeon believed that partial knee replacement was the right format for the ASC and that the robotic technology allowed for the precision that he needed in this type of procedure, said Mr. DeMarco.
"Therefore, it was an initiative for Rothman Institute to be successful in the outpatient arena and robotics played a key role in that function," he said.
The multispecialty ambulatory surgery center was developed by area physicians, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Nueterra Healthcare. It is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania and includes four operating rooms as well as one procedure room. The center offers surgical services in foot and ankle surgery, general surgery, hand surgery, orthopedic surgery, pain management and plastic surgery.
St. Augustine (Fla.) Surgery Center. The surgery center added Apex Robotic Technology for their total joint program. Stephanie Martine, BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC, administrator of the surgery center said that before implementation of the program or the technology, the management team spoke with their staff and discussed the idea.
"We wanted people to get used to the idea and address concerns openly and thoroughly," says Ms. Martin. "If there was any question about a particular item, we researched it until we had addressed every possible option. We wanted to know what to expect if everything went right, and then the top three ways that something could go wrong and be prepared for it all."
The surgery center is affiliated with Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America and is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The center's 19 physicians offer care in gastroenterology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, ENT, podiatry, pain management and urology.
The Stone Clinic (San Francisco). The surgery center acquired MAKOplasty for partial knee replacement procedures. "Robotic partial knee replacement has made partial knee replacement extremely accurate, diminished the surgery time, reduced the incision size and therefore perfect for outpatient surgery," says Kevin Stone, MD, who heads the clinic.
Dr. Stone is an orthopedic surgeon and chairman of the Stone Research Foundation. He has served as a physician for the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Pro Ski Tour and Marin Ballet. He holds more than 40 patents and conducts lectures worldwide. He was trained in orthopedic surgery at Harvard University in Boston and has completed a fellowship in research at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
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