The Dr. Dinesh Patel Arthroscopy Learning Laboratory (DPLL) is a state-of-the-art learning lab with multiple arthroscopy learning stations. The Lab is named after one of the pioneers of arthroscopic surgery, which is a minimally invasive procedure that uses an endoscope and specially designed surgical instruments to examine and treat a joint.
Dr. Patel worked for many years to develop the realistic joint models used in the DPLL. As the Chief of Arthroscopic Surgery, Dr. Patel has played a key role in showing that arthroscopic technology can reduce healthcare costs by improving safety and quality and decreasing a patient’s post-operative recovery time. Dr. Patel’s efforts have been instrumental in making Mass General a world-renown center for arthroscopic surgery.
The DPLL has been certified by the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) as a leading training center for residents. The lab is an example of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s dedication to the teaching and training of residents, medical students and fellows.
Home to many dry models and arthroscopy skill stations, the DPLL is centrally located in the Sports Medicine Clinic and is used by those looking to improve their arthroscopic technique outside of the operating room. Additionally, the space serves as a center for community outreach, exposing high school students to the world of sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery.