Tulsa Bone and Joint’s Union Pines Surgery Center is the first non-hospital environment in the state to offer Mako SmartRobotics™. This advancement in joint replacement surgery improves the way total knee and partial knee replacements are performed by helping surgeons know more and cut less.
Tulsa Bone & Joint’s Union Pines Surgery Center is the first ambulatory surgery center in Oklahoma to offer this state-of-the-art technology. Several of the surgeons will utilize the technology, which includes CT-based planning and insightful data analytics in order to provide patients with an optimal joint replacement experience. The first two knee replacements using the technology were performed at Union Pines on Jan. 5.
“We are proud to be the first surgery center in our area to offer this highly advanced robotic technology,” said Dr. J. Scott Reid. “At Tulsa Bone and Joint, we strive to provide our patients access to cutting-edge technology. Our ultimate goal is to improve the patient experience at Tulsa Bone and Joint and Union Pines Surgery Center, and we believe this technology helps us achieve this goal.”
At Union Pines, patients can benefit from all of Tulsa Bone and Joint’s surgical expertise in a comfortable, outpatient setting. Joint replacements performed at Union Pines help patients avoid the hospital setting and are available at a lower cost than hospitals.
Frequently, I see patients whose first question is, “Am I ready for replacement of my arthritic joint?”
This is not a question that is easy to answer, and the answer depends on many factors and variables:
- Joint Replacements have an excellent outcome, with greater than 90% of patients reporting that they are glad they proceeded with the surgery and are better than before surgery.
- Patients often ask if they are too old for surgery. Well, I believe that age is a relative factor. Some 50 year olds have multiple medical problems, while some 90 year olds have no medical issues and are not even taking any medications. So age must be evaluated by each individual.
- There are many treatments for arthritis of a joint:
- Activity modification
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Anti-inflammatory injections
- Support aides, like canes or walkers
- Braces or shoe modifications
- Weight loss
- Physical strengthening
- The main reason for undergoing joint replacement is pain! However, limitation of activity or loss of function is another reason people think about undergoing surgery.
- The best answer to the question, “Am I ready for a joint replacement?” is, “You will know when it is time.”
If you want to discuss the options of surgical treatment for your arthritis, please make an appointment here or by calling 918-392-1400. By seeing you in person, myself or another member of our qualified joint replacement team can provide you an individualized assessment and discuss your concerns and expectations.
Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates celebrated the groundbreaking of its Union Pines Surgery Center and additional campus expansion on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
Once completed, the new Union Pines Surgery Center will be the first of its kind in Oklahoma, offering 23:59 care inside the surgery center with optional overnight stays in a separate, onsite “stay center” for patient convenience. Tulsa Bone & Joint has owned the surgery center since 2000, moved the facility to the Tulsa Bone & Joint campus in 2006, and is now embarking on the next phase.
The new surgery center will include:
- Eight larger operating rooms with laminar flow
- Two designated pain management rooms
- 16 semi-private admit/discharge rooms for surgery
- Five beds in surgery center for 24-hour stays
A separate, onsite “stay center” will host 11 overnight rooms with support spaces, a lobby, a café and a conference room. The new surgery center will allow the practice to perform more surgeries on site, particularly joint replacement/adult reconstruction procedures.
The surgery center expansion will remodel and build onto the existing physical therapy building. During the campus expansion, physical therapy will temporarily move to Tulsa Bone & Joint’s building on the south end of the main campus, 4812 S. 109th E. Ave. When the project is complete, the redesigned physical therapy and hand therapy will move to the space where Union Pines is currently, 4800 S. 109th E. Ave.
“We are excited to take this step, which will allow us to further our ability to offer convenient, high quality and safe surgical care all on one campus,” said Linda Gunter, CEO of Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates.
The project is a joint venture with St. John/Ascension. The contractor is Flintco, and the architect is HFG Architecture. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2020.