Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital to Open in December

Whether you need a total joint replacement or help to recover quickly from a minor sports injury, you have one goal: to get back to your normal activities as quickly, safely, and painlessly as possible.

The Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital is designed to help you do just that.

The Institute includes inpatient and ambulatory buildings. The inpatient space is a totally new five-floor 130,000 square-foot facility, with 8 operating rooms (and the capacity to expand to 10), 48 private inpatient beds (with the capability of expanding to 60), diagnostic services, outpatient rehabilitation and wellness areas, and ample space for community education. The ambulatory building is 75,000 square feet with offices for orthopedics, rheumatology, and musculoskeletal specialty care programming. It has three ambulatory surgery rooms, with the capacity to add two additional operating rooms.

The institute will meet a growing demand for musculoskeletal care driven by aging baby boomers with knee, hip, and other bone and joint problems. Hartford Hospital is first in the Greater Hartford area to offer MAKOplasty® for partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement procedures, using a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that enables more precise alignment and placement of implants.

A fragility clinic will help seniors prevent bone fractures. More than 2 million patients suffer these fractures each year – more than suffer from heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer combined.

The institute will also provide world-class sports medicine care to weekend warriors and elite athletes alike. A specialized motion lab will help athletes of any age prevent injuries, but for those who need surgical interventions, the institute has recognized experts in arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques such as those used for ACL reconstruction, rotator cuff repair and joint stability.

The institute expects to see its first patient in December.