An idea to streamline the operating room got patients into surgery sooner – CBC

Pandemic worsened wait lists for non-urgent surgeries. A London hospital models an alternative

Oct 23, 2022

When a surgeon saw patients stuck waiting for orthopedic surgeries, he designed a better operating room — one that’s publicly funded and can do the procedures faster and more efficiently.

Now, it’s a model other hospitals are interested in copying.

Dr. Abdel-Rahman Lawendy, chief and medical director of the ambulatory surgical centre at London Health Sciences Centre, reimagined the OR — one of the most resource-intensive places in a hospital — for select orthopedic surgeries.

His “Surgi-centre” idea takes certain patients away from the large, standard operating rooms full of staff and equipment, paring that down to just what is needed to operate on ambulatory patients — people who can walk after surgery and go home the same day. Examples of the surgeries performed include repairing a torn ACL in the knee, a common sports injury. And the surgeries are done at ORs outside of the hospital, though they’re managed by the institution.

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