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The MIDASVu endoscopic camera is used for joint surgery and regenerative medicine

 An age-old problem with some types of joint surgery isn’t one that patients hear much about: for the surgeon, finding the target area isn’t always precise.

“Forty percent of knee injections are not in the knee. Even with people who know what they’re doing, it’s easy to miss the capsule,” says Dr. Abraham Rivera, Chief Medical Officer of Physician Partners of America.

Knowledge and experience are critical to a specialist’s success, but PPOA has taken patient safety a step further. It has becoming a pilot center for a device called MIDASVu. This next-generation endoscopic video camera can see what a live x-ray, or fluoroscope, can’t.

MIDASVu is an 18-gauge needle with an endoscopic camera attached to the tip. The creator, IntraVu Medical, Inc. of California, developed the device for a number of applications. These include arthroscopic surgery and regenerative medicine procedures.

“It’s an amazing piece of equipment. The endoscopic camera allows us to make certain that the needle is exactly inside the joint to deliver the medication or stem cells exactly in the right place inside the joint. It’s one order better than the fluoroscope,” Rivera says.

“Additionally, a physician can now quickly and easily check on healing and progress following a procedure with a simple, in-office needle stick using the MIDASVu,” Rivera says. “That’s something which previously required another visit to the MRI.”

MIDASVu is available in all PPOA locations.

Watch a demonstration here:

Pain Management Office to Move in August

To better serve its patients in Central Florida, Physician Partners of America (PPOA) is moving its Orlando pain management clinic to a new, next-door location on Aug. 13. The move lays the groundwork for the opening of a two-building, multispecialty Orlando Medical Pavilion.

Dr. Taufiq Ahmed, the clinic’s principal physician, will move from the existing office at 1736 33rd Street, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32839 into the new, state-of-the-art office next door at 1724 33rd Street, Suite 200. The two buildings will eventually be connected.

A Medical Mall Serving Tourists in Orlando

The twin buildings are conveniently located one mile from exit 79 of Interstate 4 in the Millenia area of Orlando. This makes it convenient to both area residents and tourists. Winter visitors will appreciate that Physician Partners of America is among the only interventional pain management facilities to accept patients with a valid, out-of-state identification.

The Orlando Medical Pavilion will eventually encompass approximately 30,000 square feet of medical offices. Its outpatient surgery center will accommodate specialties including pain management, orthopedics, ear-nose-throat, neurosurgery, gastroenterology, and general surgery. It is also expected to house a laboratory and pharmacy services for one-stop medical services.

Orlando Medical Pavilion – Part of Company Focus

The so-called “medical mall” concept is becoming more popular. It is part of Physician Partners of America’s shift toward providing many services in single locations. The company opened the initial phase of its first multispecialty medical complex in Merritt Island, Fla. on July 30.

“Medical pavilions are the future, and Physician Partners of America is staying ahead of the trend,” said Josh Helms, Physician Partners of America’s Chief Operating Officer. “With the opening of the Orlando Medical Pavilion, our goal is to be the provider of choice for both Central Floridians and winter residents.”

The multi-specialty surgery center is part of the master development plan and is projected to open in January 2019. The Merritt Island surgery center is expected to open in November 2018.

The appointment scheduling phone number will remain the same: (407) 641-5472 and patient records will remain in the building. Same-day appointments are available.


Pain Management Clinic will Relocate from Rockledge

Tampa-based Physician Partners of America (PPOA) is proud to announce that it will open the initial phase of a 30,000-square-foot Merritt Island Medical Pavilion at 450 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island, Fla., 32953.

On Monday, July 30 PPOA’s Space Coast interventional pain management practice will move from its Rockledge location to the new state-of-the-art building, which is housed in a former Circuit City store.

“This move will serve two purposes. It will allow us to serve more patients in the market and make it more convenient for patients to get many medical services in one place,” said PPOA Chief Operating Officer Josh Helms.

The Merritt Island Medical Pavilion is intended to house multiple specialties in 6,872 square feet. Future expansion will add another 7,318 square feet of medical office space, in addition to a 9,824-square-foot, state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center with two operating rooms and one procedure suite. The final phase of the construction will include a catheterization lab, pharmacy, laboratory, and imaging services.

Merritt Island Medical Pavilion Welcomes Rockledge Patients

The company’s Rockledge facility, at 211 Coral Sands Drive, will permanently close its doors at the end of the business day on Friday, July 20. Its resident pain management physicians, Drs. Jorge Fernandez-Silva and Sheldon Cho, will begin seeing patients on July 23 at the medical pavilion. Their practice will be renamed Physician Partners of America Pain Relief Group – Merritt Island. 

There will be no disruption of service to patients of Drs. Cho and Fernandez-Silva. Medical records will move to the pavilion. Service hours will continue to be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Patients can still make appointments with Drs. Cho and Fernandez-Silva by calling 844 542-5724. The fax will remain 321-507-4638.

Merritt Island Ambulatory Surgery Center to Open in the Fall

The next phase of the Space Coast development will be an ambulatory surgery center expected to open in mid-November.  The center intends to partner with orthopedics, ophthalmology, spine and other specialties within the Merritt Island market.

Second Pavilion Planned for Orlando

Physician Partners of America’s second medical pavilion is also under construction in Orlando, adjacent to the company’s pain management office at 1736 33rd Street, Orlando, Fla., 32839. The facility’s resident physician, Dr. Taufiq Ahmed, will move his office into the new facility in August, and the current space will be turned into a new ambulatory surgery center.

“The multispecialty pavilion is an important part of the company’s goal of consolidating many services under one roof,” Helms said. “This model is the future of healthcare, and we want to stay ahead of the curve in a booming state like Florida.”

Pain Clinic Move Will Not Impact Patients

There will be no disruption of service to current patients of Drs. Cho and Fernandez-Silva. Medical records will immediately move to the pavilion. Service hours will continue to be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Patients can continue to make appointments with Drs. Cho and Fernandez-Silva at the Merritt Island Medical Pavilion by calling 321-735-6220. The fax will remain 321-507-4638.


This post has been updated to reflect a new opening day.