Surgical Skills Lab at Andrews Institute Receives Upgrade

GULF BREEZE, Fla. – The Andrews Research & Education Foundation (AREF) Surgical Skills Lab at Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine recently experienced a renovation that will allow physicians to practice and perfect arthroscopic surgeries and various surgical techniques. The renovation included newer equipment that will drastically enhance the learning experience at Andrews Institute.

“The renovations and added equipment to the surgical skills lab greatly increase the quality of both educational and research capabilities of the lab,” said Steve Fleck, Ph.D., Executive Director of AREF. “This increases AREF’s ability to provide the best possible service to all health professionals who utilize the surgical skills lab to increase their professional preparation through education and research.”

A surgical skills laboratory is an essential venue for physicians to perfect established surgical and minimally invasive procedures. The lab also serves as a training facility for physicians to learn and practice the latest advancements in orthopaedic procedures.

“Research we are doing at Andrews Institute includes cadavers and perfecting surgical techniques,” said Roger Ostrander, M.D. “Having a space on campus with the personnel to help contain cadavers and a lab where we can perform surgeries is a huge advantage to having the research successfully produced and published.”

The upgrades were provided by Arthex and Team 1 Orthopaedics, Inc. The updates to the surgical skills lab included:

  • New arthroscopy cameras that allow physicians an inside view of the body while performing arthroscopic surgery.
  • Upgraded surgical shavers that are used for tissue resection and bone debridement during arthroscopic procedures.
  • High definition monitors that display in real time what the camera is capturing. This allows the physician to have a clear visualization of the procedure they are performing. The quality of the monitor is essential in allowing physicians the clearest image possible while performing intricate arthroscopic procedures.
  • New pumps that remove fluid and resected tissue/debrided bone material allow for clear visualization in the area where the arthroscopic procedure is being performed.
  • The updates included removing old cabinet and counter islands to install new arthroscopy and work stations that will allow for more space, giving physicians more practice room and accommodating more people during a training session.
  • New set of drills and pins and wire drivers with attachments.

While the surgical skills lab is used to practice arthroscopic procedures, AREF also uses the space for other research and educational purposes, including musculoskeletal ultrasound training, recording dissection videos used in conference lecture presentations and cadaveric research projects. The addition of new tables and hardware will enhance AREF’s abilities to further utilize the lab space and expand the surgical skills lab experiences.


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