ONS opens lab for research, training

After just four years of planning and fund raising, the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education, a Greenwich Hospital alliance, has completed the construction and outfitting of a state-of-the-art Arthroscopy, Surgical Skills and Biomechanical Laboratory.

The half million dollar facility, located at 6 Greenwich Office Park on Valley Drive, will make it possible for surgeons to perform medical research for the study and development of arthroscopic surgical techniques, and to teach arthroscopic skills to medical students and surgeons.

According to orthopedic surgeon and founder of the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education Dr. Paul Sethi, having this facility provides the ultimate opportunity for physicians to critically evaluate or compare arthroscopic surgery techniques in a laboratory setting. He expects the lab to become a center for medical innovation.

Arthroscopic surgeries, done with specially designed instruments through tiny incisions, have become the gold standard for many orthopedic and neurosurgical procedures.

Surgeons use a miniaturized camera called an arthroscope to guide the surgery and instruments.

Working through small incisions poses great benefits for patients such as less blood loss

ONS Foundation surgeons and teaching physicians from across the country will conduct professional programs year round for interested surgeons to receive training on various arthroscopic techniques.

Such programs serve to encourage young arthroscopists, foster mutual exchange among physicians practicing arthroscopy while focusing on practical issues in arthroscopic procedure and promotion of quality control in such surgeries.

Funds to build the Arthroscopy, Surgical Skills and Biomechanical Laboratory were raised through fund-raising events on behalf of the ONS Foundation, foundation board member Milton Sender, Greenwich Hospital, and Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc. on behalf of Joanna B. Schulman.

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