From new laser procedures to highly specialized microscopic operations, surgery today has come a long way from "general."
The most advanced technology is used to provide cutting-edge care to all surgical patients. The staff of Surgical Services is dedicated to providing excellent care and personalized services to our patients and their families.
To find a surgeon or for more information about our services, please call (804) 359-WELL.
The Anesthesiologists at our facilities provide outstanding anesthetic care for our patients. Our Anesthesiologists care for more than 50,000 patients each year. They are assisted by numerous residents and nurse anesthetists. Among the specialized services provided by our Anesthesiology providers are:
- Administration of anesthesia in all specialties
- Preoperative medical reviews and evaluations
- Pain management for surgical procedures
- Critical care
- Management of acute and chronic pain
- Injections and nerve blocks
- Obstetrical analgesia and anesthesia
- Pediatric care
Depending on the procedure, you may be given one of the following types of anesthesia:
- Local: when one small part of the body is numbed, usually through an injection
- Regional: When a large part of the body is numbed
- General: When the patient is "asleep" for the procedure
Experts at our Memorial Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital provide management of acute and chronic pain through special Pain Clinics. These services are designed to restore function and increase the quality of life for patients who experience pain syndromes.
Bariatric Surgery (Surgical weight loss)
Obesity has become a number one health concern in our country today with more than half of Americans being categorized as overweight and roughly 12 million of those are considered to be severely obese. Obesity is major cause of premature death and many other medical conditions, including sleep apnea, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and degenerative joint disease.
The American Society for Bariatric Surgery describes these basic approaches that weight loss surgery takes to achieve change. You must discuss with a bariatric specialist which procedure is the right one for you.
- Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y: The most frequently performed procedure in the U.S. for weight loss patients.
- Laparoscopic or Minimally Invasive Surgery.
- LapBand®: A gastric bypass procedure that decreases food intake.
At St. Mary’s Hospital, our bariatric surgeons perform the safest and most effective surgical weight loss procedures. Because losing weight often is not as easy as it sounds, our program is focused on addressing obesity with advanced treatment strategies, research and patient education.
To learn more about these services or to find a Bariatric surgeon, please call (804) 359-WELL.
Colon and Rectal Surgery
The colon and rectal surgeons affiliated with Bon Secours Richmond offer the latest in diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients who suffer from disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. Physicians who specialize in colon and rectal surgery have completed training in general surgery as well as advanced training in the treatment of colon and rectal problems. These surgeons offer a collaborative approach to patient care, working closely with colleagues in other specialties to find the best treatment approach for each patient.
All hospitals feature increasing use of minimally invasive surgery procedures. These procedures use smaller incisions, which result in decreased bleeding, reduced hospital stays and shortened recovery time for patients.
Colon Rectal surgeries offered include:
- Colon and rectal cancer and polyps
- Inflammatory bowel disease – Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
- Diverticulitis and diverticular disease
- Anal problems such as hemorrhoids, fistula and fissure
- Motility problems of the colon, such as constipation
To learn more about these services or to find a Colon Rectal surgeon, please call (804) 359-WELL
Dental, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Providers in dental specialties focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and irregularities involving the teeth, gums and other tissues of the mouth. These specialties provide coordinated care for patients who require specialized dental care including:
- Dental Implants
- Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
- Orthodontics (treatment of dental and facial irregularities)
- Periodontics (treatment of gum diseases)
- Prosthodontics (restoration of damaged natural teeth or replacement with artificial teeth)
Our affiliated oral and maxillofacial surgeons care for patients who experience such conditions as impacted wisdom teeth, facial and TMJ pain and abnormal jaws. We also treat accident victims suffering from facial injuries, offer reconstructive facial surgery and dental facial implant surgery, care for patients with tumors and cysts of the jaws and face, and treat functional and cosmetic conditions of the face.
Eye surgery is increasingly popular, both for medical and cosmetic reasons. Our facilities support almost every modern eye surgical technique in use today, including retina laser surgery. Most eye surgeries, including procedures for cataracts and macular degeneration, are offered on an outpatient basis.
- Cataracts – Cloudy vision is a common effect of aging. A condition, called a cataract, occurs when the lens of the eye becomes opaque and prevents clear focus. Symptoms include trouble seeing in bright light, double vision in one eye, fading color and poor night vision. Cataract surgery to implant an artificial lens is the most-performed surgery in the United States. We ‘fast-track’ our cataract patients to get them in and out of surgery in just a few hours. Surgeons make small incisions and use no stitches, and the use of a local anesthetic reduces recovery time. The surgery produces very little pain, and in most cases, patients can shed their glasses except for reading.
- Macular Degeneration – This progressive eye disorder stems from damage to the macula, which lies at the back of the retina. Macular degeneration is not reversible, but it may be possible to prevent further deterioration by closing leaking vessels. Typically, the central vision is impaired but peripheral, or side, vision is unaffected.
General surgeons perform consultation and surgery on medical conditions involving the breast, endocrine system, gastrointestinal tract, colon, liver, pancreas and rectum.
General surgery incorporates:
- Breast surgery
- Endocrine surgery
- Stomach and small bowel surgery
- Hernia repair
- Liver, bile duct and pancreatic surgery
- Laparoscopic and open adrenalectomy
- Surgical oncology
- Minimally invasive surgery (including Nissen and Toupet fundoplication, splenectomy, bariatric, cholecystectomy, appendectomy and esophageal myotomy)
- Bariatric surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Bon Secours Richmond supports our physicians in research and education programs to continually find new and better ways of doing things and to prepare the next generation of surgeons.
The spine, neck and head are all in good hands with care from Neurosurgical Associates. These neurosurgeons have expertise in caring for patients with problems involving the head, spine, cerebrovascular system and peripheral nerves and rely on the newest technologies and procedures to reduce pain, promote healing and speed up recovery. So that our patients have access to a broad range of expertise, our neurosurgeons work closely with other specialists, especially Neurology, Oncology, Neuro-radiology, Orthopedics, Endocrinology and Otorhinolaryngology (ENT). They are aided by highly skilled support staff and state-of-the-art technology and facilities.
Brain Lab™ Technology
As a tool for surgeons who perform complex surgeries of the brain, back, neck and sinuses, we offer computer-guided imagery called Brain Lab™ System. With this technology, surgeons view a three-dimensional image inside a patient's head or sinus cavity and can pinpoint the exact location of surgical instruments. This technology enables the surgeon to navigate areas of the anatomy they were previously unable to reach. For example, with brain tumor procedures, the surgeon may be able to remove more of the tumor and reduce the amount of surrounding healthy tissue damaged.
Some of the Neurosurgery services offered:
- Computer-assisted surgeries for spinal disorders including microscopic and endoscopic surgery
- Intracranial vascular surgery
- Carotid artery surgery and endovascular treatment
- Surgical treatment for epilepsy
- Surgical treatment for movement disorders including Parkinson's disease
- Spinal tumors and vascular lesions
- Surgical treatment for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm
- Surgery for pituitary tumors
- Multidisciplinary treatment of complex skull base tumors
- Multidisciplinary treatment of complex peripheral nerve disorders
To learn more about these services or to find a surgeon,
please call (804) 359-WELL.
Orthopaedics at our hospitals has a long tradition of excellence and leadership. Each year we perform orthopaedic surgical procedures ranging from joint replacement, spinal surgery, sports medicine to repair of fractures. Our orthopaedic surgeons utilize state-of-the-art equipment in our operating rooms.
Our orthopaedic unit has a dedicated staff of highly trained orthopaedic nurses. Our low nurse-to-patient ratios allow our nurses to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients. This is what we consider “Complete Health.“
All of our Hospitals offer joint replacement and sports medicine surgical care. With the latest in minimally invasive techniques and prosthetics, our team of surgeons, nurses and rehabilitation therapists help hundreds of people walk away from pain each year.Pediatric Surgery
Pediatric surgeons are primarily concerned with the diagnosis, preoperative, operative and postoperative management of surgical problems in children. In addition to completing training and achieving board certification in general surgery, pediatric surgeons complete two additional years of training exclusively in children’s surgery. They then receive special certification in the subspecialty of pediatric surgery. Neonatologists, pediatricians and family physicians will recognize conditions that need surgery. Our pediatric surgeons work with a team of neonatologists, pediatricians and/or family physicians involved in a child’s medical care, to determine whether surgery is the best option for the child.
At St. Mary's Hospital, we offer full-scale children's health services including a children's emergency center, pediatric unit and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Both pediatric units are locked areas, kept secure at all times and staffed with nurses trained to treat young patients.
The PICU is an eight-bed unit staffed by intensivists, physicians specially trained in critical care. A national shortage of intensivists makes it imperative that parents pay attention to PICU staffing. Critically ill and injured children from newborns to young adults are cared for in this advanced unit.
Our focus is the health of the children we care for, but we make every effort to accommodate parents by providing overnight cots, beverages and snacks since having a child in the hospital can be very difficult.
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Disorders of the spine affect many people of all ages. These disorders can be acute or chronic problems which can become progressively debilitating, causing pain and interfering with everyday activities. At St. Mary's Hospital, an average of 450 surgical procedures of the spine are performed every year. Depending on the type of surgery, patients are hospitalized from one to four days. Most of our patients go home when discharged. Occasionally, patients will be referred to a rehabilitation facility after discharge for more intensive physical and occupational therapy.
Our team of healthcare professionals is experienced and trained to address the special needs of spinal surgery patients. We work collaboratively to provide comprehensive care to our patients. It is our goal to assist in coordinating your surgical experience from pre-admission to your return home.
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Urological Surgery (Radical Prostatectomy)
Experienced vascular surgeons offer comprehensive diagnosis and repair for damaged or diseased blood vessels. Patients with vascular-related medical needs receive care from a team of specialists that may include cardiologists, neurologists and diagnostic radiologists.
Specialty services offered through Vascular Surgery include:
- Doppler testing
- Endovascular surgical intervention such as angioplasty or stents
- Exercise assessment of the arterial circulation
- Hemodialysis access
- Invasive and noninvasive interventional techniques
- Lower extremity/limb salvage
- Measurement of cold sensitivity
- Plethysmographic studies
- Transcutaneous oxygen measurements
- Vascular surgery
Women’s - Gynecologic Surgery
- Removal of fibroids
- Removal of ovarian cysts/masses
- Treatment of endometriosis
- Sling procedures for treatment of incontinence