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.

Center for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Living with back pain or neck pain makes everything a challenge—from getting out of bed in the morning to tucking your children in at night. Whether your back pain or and neck pain are caused by an accident, an injury, arthritis, spinal stenosis or any other degenerative condition, you’ve probably already taken a number of steps to try to regain the pain-free life you once had. If physical therapy, cortisone shots and the other methods haven’t worked, surgery may be your best option.

But, at Middlesex Hospital, we want to make sure you know that all spine surgeries are not created equal. Our surgeons are pioneering new technologies in minimally invasive spine surgery that can treat your condition more effectively and get you back to your life faster.

Compared to traditional, open surgery, our minimally invasive spine surgery techniques offer many important benefits, including shorter recovery time, less blood loss, less pain, shorter hospital stays, smaller incisions and a lower risk of infection. And nearly every condition treated with open surgery can now be safely and effectively treated using minimally invasive surgery instead.

World-class Leaders in Minimally Invasive Techniques

At Middlesex Hospital, thanks to surgical specialists like Dr. Jeffrey Bash and Dr. Joseph Aferzon, we’re not just investing in the latest surgical technology—we’re inventing it.

Doctors Bash and Aferzon currently hold more than a dozen patents for various minimally invasive products they’ve created—including the FDA approved spinal fusion cage, which was just voted best new technology by the North American Spine Society—and they have even more innovations on the way. In partnership with Dr. Joseph Sohn, they’re successfully treating patients to help them get back to their lives faster.

So, when you choose Middlesex Hospital for your minimally invasive spine surgery, you can be sure you’re being treated by some of the world’s top talents and the most advanced technology available.

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