UR Medicine opens ambulatory orthopaedic surgery center

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UR Medicine’s Orthopaedics and Physical Surgery Center has begun operations. The center, which opened in Henrietta this week, expects to meet the demand for surgery in an outpatient setting.

Part of a multiphase, $227 million project to build a comprehensive orthopaedics campus, the Orthopaedic Surgery Center is poised to become the largest in the nation.

Currently, UR Medicine Orthopaedics provides 14,000 surgeries to patients in Western New York annually, officials say. Some 6,000 of them will be performed at the Marketplace Mall location, UR predicts. Orthopaedic cases are shifting from Sawgrass Surgery Center to Henrietta, freeing up operating room time for other UR Medicine clinical service lines.

Roughly 330 UR Medicine providers and staff will work onsite daily in administration, procedure rooms, ambulatory surgery and advanced imaging.

The Clean Cube operating room offers automated disinfection and air handling systems. (Photo: URMC)

The center features eight operating rooms for surgeries, with room for expansion. It has three procedure rooms, which opened last month, for medical infusions and surgeries performed with local anesthesia. Outpatient care allows for recovery with single-bed rooms. A UR Medicine Imaging location, which also opened in January, offers diagnostic imaging for orthopaedics patients and others.

The center is the first in the region designed and built for patients with mobility problems who need orthopaedic outpatient surgery, UR says. Its Clean Cube operating room is the first in the world. Targeting infection prevention, the Clean Cube uses advanced, automated disinfection and airflow for the highest level of infection prevention.

Combining outpatient surgery with services like diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, physical performance training and gait analysis also sets the center apart.

Spaces for some of these services are still under construction, including physical therapy and a motion lab for complex gait analysis and physical performance training studies. A Center for Human Musculoskeletal Performance and Prevention will provide physical performance training and athletic injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Construction for these complementary services on the campus is expected to be completed this year.

Smriti Jacob is Rochester Beacon managing editor. The Beacon welcomes comments and letters from readers who adhere to our comment policy including use of their full, real name. Submissions to the Letters page should be sent to [email protected]

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