Keeping pace with an expected increase in knee and hip replacement surgeries, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is opening an orthopedic center Monday.
The new Center for Orthopaedic Care will have 16 private treatment rooms and will house specialists in sports medicine, joint replacement, feet, ankles, hands, and wrists.
“There are more people trying to stay active longer because that is the way they lived their life,” Sports Medicine Doctor Joseph DeAngelis said in an interview. Even as other invasive surgeries have been on the decline as medical procedures become more sophisticated, demand for joint surgeries that help elderly people stay active continues to increase, he said.
The Baby Boom generation reaching the 60s is one of the major causes of growth for such surgeries, according to DeAngelis.
Previously, orthopedic doctors had been divided into different areas of the hospital, but the new center will provide a combined area for five of them, allowing for more efficient care, DeAngelis said.
A further advantage is that the center is adjacent to the radiology center, meaning that patients experiencing joint pain will only have a few steps to go to get X-rays, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton spokesman Jason Bouffard.
“The last thing they want to do is walk around a lot,” Bouffard said.
The space that will open Monday consists of 6,000 square feet, but that is just Phase 1 of the project, Bouffard said. Phase 2 consists of 3,000 square feet to be used for rehabilitation services, he said.
When Phase 2 is completed depends on fund-raising, he added. In the mean time, rehabilitation services are located on the Brooks Wing on the second floor.
DeAngelis said he is looking forward to the center opening.
“Monday is a big day for all of us,” he said.