Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery
When you or someone in your family needs an inpatient or outpatient surgical procedure, the Surgery Department at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center can help. The department is equipped with advanced technology and we are committed to using techniques that help lower infection rates and encourage faster healing.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgical techniques often allow patients to leave the hospital with smaller scars and a faster recovery compared to traditional, open surgery. Other advantages of minimally invasive surgery can include greater surgical precision, fewer complications, reduced pain and discomfort, less trauma, less blood loss, reduced risk of infection and shorter hospital stays. Many of the procedures below may be done laparoscopically. Talk to your doctor about whether minimally invasive surgery is right for your procedure and individual situation.
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Common Surgical Procedures
Below are some of the common surgical procedures performed at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center:
An appendectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the appendix. The appendix is removed when it becomes swollen or infected, which is called appendicitis. An infected appendix can burst and leak bacteria into the abdomen. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat problems inside a patient's knee or other joints. During this procedure, surgeons make a small incision in the patient's skin and insert a tiny camera so they can examine the structures inside the joint.
In bowel resection, all or part of the large or small intestine are removed and the remaining sections are sewn together. The procedure is performed when the intestine become blocked or diseased.
A bronchoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to view a patient's airways, including their throat, larynx, trachea and lower airways. Bronchoscopy can also be used to help diagnose lung disease. In this procedure, a bronchoscope is passed through the mouth or nose through the trachea and into the lungs. The test can help detect infections, cancer and more.
Colon and rectal surgery
Surgeons at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center perform a number of surgical procedures to treat issues of the rectum and colon. Common conditions treated include hemorrhoids, fissures, abscesses and infections. Patients can also be treated for many inflammatory bowel conditions such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis and cancer.
An endoscopy is a procedure where a doctor uses a small medical device that has a camera attached to look inside a patient's body cavity or organs. The instrument, called an endoscope, is inserted into a patient's body through a natural opening. For example, an endoscope may be inserted through a patient's rectum to complete a sigmoidoscopy to examine his or her sigmoid colon, or through the patient's mouth to examine his or her throat, larynx or trachea.
Gallbladder removal, also known as a cholecystectomy, is a common surgical procedure. During laparoscopic gallbladder removal, the surgeon uses a thin tube called a laparoscope and other instruments to see inside the stomach and remove the gallbladder. You may need to have your gallbladder removed if you have gallstones or other forms of gallbladder disease.
General surgery involves all parts of the body, including the neck, stomach, esophagus, liver and more. General surgeons are trained in a broad range of surgical procedures including emergency surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical oncology and more.
Gynecologic surgeons at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center can perform a number of minimally invasive procedures, including hysterectomy, or the removal of a woman's uterus, and tubal ligation, a procedure in which a woman's fallopian tubes are surgically closed to prevent conception and pregnancy.
Head and neck surgery
People who suffer from disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head or neck can get the help they need from an otolaryngologist at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center. Head and neck surgeons offer minimally invasive procedures for a wide range of conditions including nasal and sinus disorders, snoring, head and neck tumors and thyroid disorders.
A hernia happens when part of an internal organ or tissue bulges through a weak area in the belly wall or groin. A combination of muscle weakness and straining, such as heavy lifting, may cause hernias. Some people are born with hernias or with weak abdominal muscles and some people have a family history of hernia. Surgery is considered the only way to permanently fix a hernia. Surgeons at St. Mary's use the da Vinci Surgical System to correct hernias so patients may experience less post-operative pain, less blood loss and a quicker recovery, which helps you get back to your normal activities.
Neurosurgery involves treating disorders to the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. Treatment options are available for patients with a variety of conditions including brain tumors, epilepsy and other conditions.
Nissen fundoplication is a procedure used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux. In this procedure, the surgeon uses stitches to wrap the upper part of the stomach around the end of the esophagus. This helps prevent stomach acid and food from flowing up into the esophagus.
Orthopedic surgery treats injuries to the bones, joints and muscles. Many treatment options are available for conditions involving the neck, back, hips, shoulders, elbows, ankles and more. Orthopedic surgeons commonly treat patients with fractures and dislocations, arthritis, sports-related injuries and more.
People suffering from chronic pain may be able to find relief with surgery or other treatment options. Common conditions include chronic back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, sports injuries and more. Your pain management specialist will work with you to determine the best course of action for your condition.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
Plastic and reconstructive surgery involves reshaping parts of the body. Some of the common body parts people may want to improve through surgery include breasts, ears, eyes, hair and eyes. Reconstructive surgery can correct abnormalities caused by birth defects, injuries and disease.
Podiatric surgery treats disorders of the feet and ankles. Common conditions include bunions, hammertoes, fractures and more.
Sports medicine specialists treat athletes and sports-related injuries. Athletes may have to deal with a wide range of conditions including concussions, shoulder injuries, neck and back injuries, arm and elbow injuries and more. A sports medicine specialist can also help athletes prevent injuries through a variety of methods including conditioning, nutrition, therapy and rehabilitation.
Several minimally invasive procedures are available for patients with urological issues. These include bladder suspension, cryoablation of renal mass, nephrectomy and uterine suspension. Bladder suspension is a procedure used to place a sagging bladder into normal position. Cryoablation of renal mass is a procedure that uses extremely cold temperatures to kill cancer tumors of the kidney. A nephrectomy is the removal of all of part of a kidney. Uterine suspension is a procedure used to repair a uterus that is out of place.
What to Expect
You will be scheduled to speak with or see the pre-operative nurse before the scheduled surgery date. The pre-op nurse will review your medical information including medications. It is essential that the doctor and anesthesiologist know the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter supplements. Please bring a list of your medications or your medication bottles to your pre-op appointment.
After reviewing your medical information, the pre-op nurse will provide important information regarding your surgery.
The day of your surgery, you will be asked to arrive two to three hours before your scheduled surgery time. During this time period, an IV will be started and the necessary preparation for surgery will be completed. The anesthesiologist and doctor will also visit with you.
Once the patient leaves for surgery, family members will be able to track the surgery's progress in the waiting room. The nurse will also provide updates. When the surgery has been completed, the doctor will speak to the family in one of our consultation rooms. After the doctor has talked to the family, they may meet the patient in the assigned post-op room. The patient will be monitored in the post-op room until you meet criteria to be discharged.