Jack Kelly undergoes laser cataract surgery Wednesday at the Davis Surgery Center, performed by Dr. Brad Sandler, left, with assistance from scrub technician Dorothy Lorentzen. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

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UCD, Davis Surgery Center team up for operations

By From page A1 | July 20, 2014

In an effort to provide Yolo County residents with a more convenient patient experience, UC Davis and the Davis Surgery Center have partnered to offer some same-day operations in Davis.

Originally, patients dependent on UCD for their health care had to make the trip across the Yolo Causeway to the university’s Medical Center in Sacramento in order to undergo surgery.

Now, with the new agreement in place, those in need of non-invasive arthroscopic repairs to bone and joint injuries of the hand, shoulder, knee, wrist and elbow can receive treatment from UCD surgeons at the Davis Surgery Center.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Cassandra Lee, who already has performed several procedures at the center, told The Enterprise that her experience so far has been positive.

“Every surgeon does things a little bit differently,” Lee said, but “it’s been a fairly easy transition.”

In addition to the staff and facilities, Lee also praised the center’s quiet, personal setting.

“It’s a smaller environment,” she said. “It’s a more intimate experience.”

The primary advantage afforded by the Davis Surgery Center, however, is still its proximity to the university and to those who receive their health care through it, including many of the university’s athletes.

Maureen McKennan, regional affiliations officer for the UCD Health System, said the option to receive treatment in Davis is something many patients wanted.

“Based on the needs and the desires of patients that live in Davis and Yolo County, we (know that we) need to expand,” McKennan said. “Patients would like to receive their surgeries in Davis.”

According to McKennan, the response from patients has been favorable.

Amy Zhong, who graduated from UCD in June, recently received knee surgery from Lee at the Davis center. She was able to compare the experience with that of the Sacramento location as she previously underwent ACL repair there.

“Everyone was very nice, very understanding (and) comforting,” Zhong said. “I liked how it was smaller in size.

“It was much more convenient for my friend to take me there,” she added.

At this point, UCD is only offering the option of receiving care at the Davis Surgery Center to those in need of less complicated procedures.

“If you require multi-ligament knee reconstruction, we would probably do it in Sacramento,” Lee said.
However, the intention is to expand the range of services provided over the course of the next year.

Complex procedures requiring post-operative hospital admission will continue to be scheduled at the Medical Center.
According to Lee, other UCD surgeons based in Sacramento are set to begin performing some of their operations in Davis as well. They hope to develop a strong rapport with the center’s anesthesiologists and other staff members — something that is of the utmost importance in any surgery.

“It’s going to be a matter of getting used to each other,” Lee said.
The Davis Surgery Center, at 2120 Cowell Blvd., offers outpatient surgical services in a number of areas, including orthopedics and podiatry. Learn more at http://davissurgerycenter.com.
Learn more about UCD orthopedics at http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/orthopaedics.

— Reach Will Bellamy at [email protected]

Will Bellamy

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