A New Option in Healthcare
Brunswick Surgery Center in Leland is the first dedicated orthopedic and spine outpatient center in the region.
While COVID forced closures and brought many businesses to a standstill, some businesses unassumingly and successfully opened their doors for the first time amid the uncertainty. One such place is Brunswick Surgery Center, LLC in Leland. Located in The Villages at Brunswick Forest on the first floor of the EmergeOrtho building, it is the first orthopedic and spine outpatient surgical center in the region.
In 2016 the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services conducted a study and identified a need for another ambulatory operating room in the area. As a result, in 2017 a team of 15 EmergeOrtho orthopedic surgeons and pain management physicians took on the task and received permission to begin the center. Brunswick Surgery Center (BSC) opened in the summer of 2020 as another option for patients considering orthopedic surgery.
Although BSC is its own entity, all the physicians are within the EmergeOrtho practice. In conjunction with EnergeOrtho’s orthopedic offices, physical therapy, occupational therapy and pain management services on the remaining floors, the building houses a comprehensive orthopedic center.
Brunswick Surgery Center accepts most major insurance plans and specializes in procedures for joint replacements, spine, shoulder, elbow, arm, hand, wrist, hip, knee, foot, ankle, sports medicine, cartilage restoration and orthopedic trauma injuries.
“We fully comply with all the state guidelines and hold the AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) and provide care for patients not just in Brunswick, but from all over the surrounding counties,” says Anna Weaver, MSN, RN,CNOR and Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Administrator. “We have about 17,000 square feet with 15 beds for pre-op and PACU (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit) with one operating room and two procedure rooms. All three rooms are identical as far as the equipment and technology. The center has brand-new state-of-the-art radiology equipment and instrumentations.”
Brunswick Surgery Center shows its dedication to its patients through extensive before, during and after surgery care to include planning, educating and guiding individuals and their families through each step.
“In working with EmergeOrtho, and once a case is scheduled, we immediately are in contact with the patient,” Weaver says. “We ask pre-surgery questions and make sure they are an appropriate candidate for an outpatient surgery center.”
Weaver adds that there is a lot of communication prior to surgery. “For example, with joint replacement patients, the nurses ask all kinds of questions, such as how many steps are in your house, are you upstairs, downstairs…? They continue to do follow-up calls to patients at home after surgery. We are quality focused. We make sure the patient’s questions are fully answered.”
Brunswick Surgery Center offers numerous other benefits to the community, including same-day surgery.
“The differences here are the smaller environment, the very focused, qualified staff, and our patient- and family-oriented practices,” Weaver says.
Brunswick Surgery Center Medical Director Dr. Scott Hannum says that today most orthopedic surgery can be performed safely as an outpatient surgery.
“The surgical techniques are less invasive,” he says. “Combined with advances in safer anesthesia and new technologies, we can return patients home the same day after surgery.”
For patients who worry about risks, Hannum puts their minds at ease: “Many studies and our own experience has shown a decrease in complications and readmissions to the hospital with outpatient surgery. As a result, there has been a tremendous need in the region for an outpatient option for patients to get their orthopedic care. With most health plans, the cost of the surgery is always less at the surgery center; combine that with a reduction in infection risk and complications and it equals the best value for patients.”
When it comes to their staff, BSC has a team of highly qualified dedicated professionals.
“We have assembled a team of fellowship trained surgeons, the region’s top anesthesia group, and a hand-picked group of nurses and surgical technicians from all the area’s hospitals for our team at BSC,” Hannum says. “We have the region’s top fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons. In total joint replacement, our surgeons (myself included) performed the 10th most Medicare joint replacements in the county in 2019. That experience carries over to the outpatient center, allowing us to use our experience to provide exceptional care and outcomes for same day joint replacement. We are now taking that same experience in spine, sports medicine and hand and shoulder surgery to the outpatient center. Over the next five years, outpatient orthopedic surgery will be the standard of care for 50 percent of all the surgeries we perform.”
BSC will keep a pulse on the future and constantly strive to continue optimal orthopedic care for the community. The team is committed to employing cutting-edge technology for the benefit of their patients; for example, they recently added two robotic systems (the Zimmer ROSA robot and the Stryker MAKO robot) to their outpatient joint replacement program.
“We are always evaluating and looking to add the latest advanced technology,” Weaver says.
“Simply put,” Hannum concludes, “I expect Brunswick Surgery Center to be the number one outpatient orthopedic center in the Southeast in the coming years. We will expect top performance and outcomes in every area of orthopedic surgery to provide the best care for the region’s patients.”
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Brunswick Surgery Center
The Villages at Brunswick Forest, 1168 East Cutlar Crossing, Suite 101, Leland
Photogarphy by BIll Ritenour