8 Surgery Centers Treating Professional Athletes

Here are eight ambulatory surgery centers that have treated professional athletes.

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Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center (Gulf Breeze, Fla.). The Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center was founded as a joint venture between physicians and Baptist Health Care. It is affiliated with Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, founded by James Andrews, MD, who is renowned for his work with professional athletes and serves as team physician for the Tampa Bay Rays. The facility has eight operating rooms with digital equipment, high definition camera and video systems for visualization during surgery. Physicians at this multispecialty surgery center focus on orthopedic surgery, sports medicine and pain management, among other procedures.

Campbell Surgery Center (Memphis, Tenn.).
Earlier this year, Fred Azar, MD, and Drew Murphy, MD, performed an Achilles tendon repair on Memphis Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur at Campbell Surgery Center. Both Drs. Azar and Murphy are team physicians for the Grizzlies. Campbell Clinic was opened by Willis C. Campbell in 1909, who also organized the department of orthopedic surgery at the University of Tennessee-Memphis and established the first orthopedic residency program. Subspecialties at the clinic include shoulder, spine, sports medicine and total joint replacement. The practice also has physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as trauma and oncology.

DISC Sports & Spine Center (Marina del Rey, Calif.).
DISC Sports & Spine Center was established in 2006 and serves as the official medical services provider for the U.S. Olympic Team. The physicians also care for the Red Bull North America athletes and Los Angeles Kings. The surgeons have a special interest in knee, hip, shoulder and spine care. The center also includes chiropractic, MedX spine rehabilitation, acupuncture, traditional eastern medicine and nutrition services. Led by Robert S. Bray, Jr., MD, the physicians pioneer minimally invasive spine surgery and arthroscopic techniques for outpatient procedures. The 7,200-square-foot surgery center includes three operating rooms and a second surgery center was recently opened in Newport Beach, Calif.

Fremont (Calif.) Surgery Center.
Team physicians for the Oakland Raiders and San Jose Sharks direct the sports medicine program at Fremont Surgery Center and treat several elite athletes and local high school athletic programs. The surgery center also includes gastroenterology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery and urology. Sports medicine procedures include arthroscopic surgery and mid distal ligament and cartilage transplant procedures. The surgery center includes seven operating rooms and four procedure suites. The center was formed in 1996 and grew into a new building in 2000, and again in 2006. It is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities and is Medicare-certified.

Hines-Sight (Denver).
Hines-Sight was opened in 1983 and performs LASIK procedures in its laser center. Other surgical procedures, such as cataract surgery and glaucoma treatment are performed at Colorado Outpatient Eye Surgery Center. Hines-Sight has treated several members of the Denver Broncos, Colorado Crush and other professional athletes in the Denver area. It includes the Visx Star4 EC-5000 Excimer Laser. Practice founder William L. Hines, MD, was among the first surgeons to use phakic intraocular lens implants for patients too nearsighted for refractive surgeries. Since opening the practice, Dr. Hines' group has grown to include four-surgeons and a 19-member staff.

NorthStar Surgical Center (Lubbock, Texas).
NorthStar Surgical Center was established in 2001 by physicians in the Lubbock area. Orthopedics procedures at this Symbion center include rotator cuff repair, ACL repair, meniscus repair, lateral knee release and clavicle excision. There are 31 physician partners with the surgery center who focus on a variety of specialty procedures. Surgeons have treated a wide variety of patients at the surgery center, including professional athletes. Last year, the surgery center expanded to include total shoulder, knee and ankle replacement procedures.

Somerset Surgical Center (Bridgewater, N.J.).
Somerset Surgical Center has treated professional athletes from across the United States. It was founded in 1995 by a group of orthopedic surgeons and pain management physicians and was the first ASC in its area to receive accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Somerset Orthopedic Associates includes seven physicians who treat patients as well as a spine institute and physical therapy. Surgeon James W. Dwyer, MD, was among the first surgeons in the state to perform artificial disc replacement at L4-L5.

Woolfson Eye Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center (Atlanta).
Woolfson Eye Institute is an official medical provider for the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves. It is also the official LASIK Provider of the Falcons. The surgeons perform ocular and cosmetic surgery in its ASC, which has received the Gold Seal of Accreditation from The Joint Commission. The practice was founded by Jonathan Woolfson, MD, who now serves as medical director. He has performed more than 70,000 LASIK procedures in his career and treated patients such as professional golfer Hale Irwin. He also co-founded Stulting Research Center with his colleague R. Doyle Stulting, MD, PhD, which is dedicated to independent research and FDA clinical trials related to eye surgery.

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