NYU Langone Medical Center Opens Outpatient Surgery Center

Center to Focus on Minimally Invasive Orthopaedic Procedures

NYU Langone Medical Center today announced it will open a new state-of-the-art 22,000-square-foot Outpatient Surgery center at 333 East 38th Street on November 9, 2009. The center will focus on minimally invasive orthopaedic procedures including shoulder, elbow and wrist arthroscopies, knee and ankle arthroscopies, ACL reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, fracture fixation of extremities and hand surgery. There will be four operating rooms (OR) and a 12-bed post anesthesia care unit (PACU).

"Orthopaedics is a core competency of NYU Langone Medical Center and we are excited to be able to now offer patients not only the very best doctors—but a welcoming, modern environment in which to receive their care," said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center. "From the surgical suites to the PACU to the sterilization room, this outpatient facility reflects the excellence of the surgeons who will be working there."

Each OR is equipped with the latest technology and is designed to optimize space and provide enhanced functionality. In addition to special air-filtration systems, the operating rooms are equipped with positive-pressure ventilation, ensuring that air always flows outward, preventing airborne microbes from entering. Each OR is accessible from both an outside corridor and a shared internal substerile core, where surgical equipment is stored for easy access. A key to the site's efficiency is its onsite sterilization unit, capable of processing all the surgical instruments needed to keep four ORs humming at full capacity almost continuously. This unit also features high-tech equipment, including ultrasonic decontamination machines, computerized steam sterilizers for surgical hardware, and carbon dioxide devices for sterilizing more delicate items, such as video equipment.

They also boast the latest in ceiling-mounted booms—a necessity for minimally invasive surgery—and the modular setup with enclosed wiring and cables, allowing additional devices to be easily and quickly snapped into place.  Additionally, each operating table is bordered by two high definition flat-panel color video monitors that can be swung into place for viewing real-time images or X-rays during surgery. Advanced lighting provides energy-efficient cool, high-intensity illumination and maintains clear color without casting shadows. The lamp heads are designed to lock to prevent drift during a procedure.

It is anticipated that the patients will spend an average of four hours at the center, from the time they walk through the door until they are released. The center will provide Spanish, Russian and Chinese translators at no cost and the amenities of the facility include valet parking.

"What makes this outpatient surgery center so unique is that it was designed for the comfort and convenience of the patient," David A. Dibner, FACHE, senior vice president in charge of the Musculoskeletal Strategic Area at NYU Langone Medical Center.  "We believe that for minimally invasive orthopaedic procedures our new Outpatient Center will raise the bar on the quality—and comfort—of care that patients expect."

The Outpatient Surgery center will form the cornerstone of a new dedicated Musculoskeletal Institute at the Medical Center which, when it opens, is anticipated to be the first stand-alone center in the United States where bone and joint patients can access clinical care and research at a single point of service.