Hudson Regional Hospital has treated hundreds of patients since reopening operating rooms

The hospital in Secaucus was remodeled during the pandemic

As Phase 2 of the COVID-19 reopening continues in Hudson County, local hospitals are returning to normal operations, including Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus.

Hudson Regional Hospital’s Institute for Robotic Surgery (IRS) and operating rooms have been open since May 27, with 303 patients treated so far. Patients have been receiving treatment in its suite technologically-advanced equipment for spinal, knee, hip, and gynecological, general, bariatric, and urological elective surgeries.

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The IRS, operating rooms, pre-op and post-acute after surgery areas have been remodeled.

The remodel converted underused space to increase the size of the pre- and post-acute operating areas, and the size and number of operating rooms.  The redesign included new flooring, calming blue and grey wall paint, and televisions in the pre-op areas to help patients relax while waiting for surgery.

“We utilized the stay-at-home directive time to transform our surgical area into an environment that is appealing to our practitioners and comforting to our patients,” said Dr. Nizar Kifaieh, President and CEO of Hudson Regional Hospital. “The physical redesign is part of our multi-level strategy to provide the best healthcare experience for our neighbors in Bergen and Hudson counties. We know that our doctors, patients, and communities deserve the best, and we always strive to meet or exceed their expectations.”

High-tech operations

Since reopening, HRH’s practitioners have performed surgeries using the IRS’s Da Vinci XI Robotic System, ExcelsiusGPS, Mazor Robotic Guidance System, and the Robotic Surgery Mako Robotic-arm Assisted Technology machine. Afterward, the majority of patients leave the hospital the same day.

“Technologies available to surgeons here like the Robotic Surgery Mako Robotic-arm Assisted Technology machine have been a game changer, allowing patients needing total knee or hip replacement to go home after only four hours where previously they would have had to stay overnight,” said Dr. Yitzhack Asulin, Director of Female Pelvic Reconstruction and Robotic Surgery at IRS.

Hudson Regional Hospital’s surgical operating rooms, pre-op and post-op areas, as well as all personnel, are completely separate from those set up to treat COVID-19 patients. The separation provides surgical patients with an additional layer of safety.

HRH’s IRS received accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery, and Dr. Asulin earned recognition as a Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation.

HRH was ranked by Castle Connolly among the top facilities in the state, with 350 beds or fewer. The hospital was highly ranked various categories, including the treatment and care of hip and knee replacement, congestive heart failure, pain management, and high-risk pregnancy and birth.

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