Huntsville Hospital offers orthopedic surgery for the first time in over a decade.
The hospital has approved five surgeons to perform orthopedic procedures such as arthroscopy, in which a small camera is inserted through the skin to diagnose joint problems, and removal of equipment, in which doctors remove the implants used to repair bones. The five doctors are not on the permanent staff, but will have designated days when they will be on site.
Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare president and CEO Natalie Bubela says the Huntsville hospital has not offered orthopedic procedures since before she joined the organization in 2011. She says this addition to the hospital will make it easier for people to get the help they need.
“By expanding our surgical offering, we will hopefully be able to reduce some of the surgical wait times in the greater North Simcoe Muskoka region related to orthopedics,” Bubela said. “People will not have to leave the area for these types of procedures, they can receive their care closer to home.”
According to Bubela, offering these procedures would not be possible without funding for the necessary equipment from the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.
âOften what is essential in order to be able to scale up services like this are the capital goods requirements that go with it,â explains Bubela. âHats off to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation for helping to make this a reality, and to its generous donors for their support. “