MIDDLETOWN — On Feb 18, 2019, Middlesex Health opened a new, state-of-the-art orthopedic operating suite. The suite, which is located at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, features two 600-square-foot operating rooms and is part of a larger surgical services expansion project.
“We are delighted to have a space within Middlesex Hospital dedicated to orthopedic surgeries,” says Dr. Thomas Larson, chief of orthopedics at Middlesex Health. “The equipment and technology needed to help patients will be readily accessible in a room specifically designed to accommodate orthopedic surgeries. This will ensure that surgeries run smoothly and efficiently. We are always looking to improve the patient’s experience, and this is one way we can do so.”
The suite complements Middlesex Health’s joint and spine program, which incudes a dedicated inpatient unit and rehabilitation and homecare services. Middlesex’s capable team of orthopedic surgeons helped to design the suite to ensure that it meets the needs of their patients and accommodates new technology.
Over the past year, Middlesex began using the NAVIO Surgical System, a robotic tool that allows orthopedic surgeons to place the components of your knee during partial or full replacement surgeries with greater precision. It also began using ExcelsiusGPS, a robotic 3D navigation system used to perform minimally invasive spine surgery, especially spine fusions.
“Our orthopedic surgeons at Middlesex Health are excited to work in these new, state-of-the-art operating rooms, which are dedicated to providing the highest technology available for joint replacement surgery and spine surgery,” says Dr. Mark Lorenze, chair of Middlesex’s Department of Surgery. “At Middlesex Health, we are dedicated to providing advanced orthopedic care while maintaining a high level of compassion for our patients.”
In addition to the orthopedic suite, Middlesex is improving other aspects of its surgical area. This includes the space dedicated to Central Sterile Services, the department responsible for sterilizing and delivering operating instruments and equipment. This will allow the department, which employs many, to work more efficiently.