Friday, February 23, 2018

UPDATE – Friday, February 23, 2018 (6:30 p.m.)


At 4 p.m. today, Middlesex Hospital began providing emergency care to walk-in patients. The Hospital opened a temporary Emergency Department space in its outpatient surgical services area.

It is still not receiving patients via ambulance, and the Hospital’s normal Emergency Department
location in Middletown is still closed until further notice.

Patients who visit the Hospital’s temporary Emergency Department space should drive to the main
entrance of the Hospital. At that point, a security officer will be there to greet them. The officer will
then direct them to where they need to go.

If someone is sick or injured and needs immediate attention, they should call 9-1-1. An ambulance will bring them to the next nearest emergency department. Middlesex’s other Emergency Department locations in Westbrook and Marlborough are open.

Non-emergent surgeries are canceled for today, Friday, February 23.

Radiology is up and running at the Hospital. However, all outpatient radiology tests are canceled at the Hospital in Middletown today, Friday, February 23.

Patients can get lab tests at the Outpatient Center, 534 Saybrook Road in Middletown; at the Marlborough Medical Center in Marlborough; or at the Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook. However, they should not come to the Hospital.

Patients are now allowed to receive visitors. Flu restrictions remain in place.

All other Middlesex Health System locations are operating as normal.

Ankle Replacement Surgery at Middlesex Hospital

When your ankles are in constant pain, things like dancing, hiking, riding a bicycle, traveling to distant lands or even to the local mall can seem impossible.

Ankles can be damaged when you strain surrounding ligaments and tendons, or by fracturing any of the three bones that make up the ankle joint. Ankles also are weakened through infection or, commonly, through osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or arthritis caused by past ankle surgery.

Ankle Replacement Surgery replaces the damaged parts of those three bones that make up the ankle joint. Artificial joint parts (prosthetics) are used to replace your own bones. They come in different sizes to fit different-size people.

The experienced orthopedic surgical team at Middlesex Hospital offers advanced technology, state-of-the-art prosthetics, and experienced caregivers that support you and your family, from pre-surgery to home care and rehabilitation.

During surgery, your surgeon removes the damaged bone, then reshapes the three bones that remain in place. The parts of the new artificial joint are then attached to the cut bony surfaces and held in place with special glue or bone cement. Screws are typically placed through the two leg bones to help support the artificial ankle. Finally, a bone graft is created between the ends of the two primary bones to help stabilize your new ankle.

No matter what type of surgery your surgeon recommends, care can be provided at Middlesex Hospital, or at the Middlesex Center for Advanced Orthopedic Surgery (, depending on your injury or condition. And our cross-disciplinary team of caregivers will help you prepare before your surgery and then assist with physical rehabilitation and transitional or home care, working closely with you, your personal physician and your caregivers well into recovery.

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