Surgical services at NMC Health
Surgery can be an overwhelming experience for some. If you’re expecting to have surgery at NMC Health, you know you’re in the hands of some of the best board certified surgeons in the region.
Our doctors focus on patient-centered care using the latest advancements in medicine. From minor, routine surgery to complex procedures, our medical staff is prepared to take on your case in a safe, clean environment.
Our NMC Health Surgical Specialists team is specially trained in minimally invasive surgical techniques. This includes laparoscopic procedures and robotic surgery. With these state-of-the-art medical tools, you’re likely to spend less time in the hospital and have a quicker recovery.
If you’re expecting to have a joint replacement surgery, our expert team of orthopedic surgeons from NMC Health Orthopedics & Sports Specialists can help you with pain management, hip replacements, knee replacements and more.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 or visit the NMC Health Medical Center Emergency Department.
Types of surgery at NMC Health
NMC Health Medical Center and the Surgery Center offer a variety of surgery options for you. We serve patients of all ages from small children through elderly adults. Here are the types of surgeries we offer at NMC Health:
- General surgery like colonoscopies, hernia repair, appendectomies, gall bladder removals, etc.
- Orthopedic surgery like total joint replacements, partial joint replacements, broken bones and tendon repair
- Neurological surgery (spine surgery)
- OB/GYN (gynecological) surgeries like hysterectomies and fibroid removals
- Podiatric surgery
- ENT surgeries including tongue ties, lip ties, tonsillectomies, ear tubes and other procedures
- Plastic surgery
- Oncology like brachytherapy, mole removal and skin cancer
- Robotic surgery
- Eye surgery
- Heart procedures like pacemakers and stents placed in the Cardiac Cath Lab
- Wound care and wound debriding
- Breast cancer biopsies
- Lymph node and other cancer biopsies
When you have surgery at NMC Health, you’ll either have it done in an operating room at the NMC Health Medical Center or an operating room inside the Surgery Center.
Most outpatient procedures are done at the Surgery Center. If you will require a hospital stay during your recovery, you will likely have it at the Medical Center. Speak with your doctor before surgery, so you know where to check in on the day of your surgery.
If you’re having surgery at the NMC Health Medical Center, you’ll check in at the emergency department entrance and go through your registration process with one of our admissions specialists. They will take your personal information, check your photo ID and confirm your insurance information. You’ll then be asked to wait for your procedure.
If you’re having your surgery done at the Surgery Center, you’ll check in with the registration desk inside the Surgery Center. They’ll walk you through the process and tell you where you can wait for your surgery to begin.
Depending on the type of surgery you receive, your doctor will let you know how long your recovery in the hospital is expected to take.
Those with outpatient procedures may not require a hospital stay. Some outpatient procedures will require some observation after surgery. Talk to your doctor about what to expect after surgery.
It’s always a good idea to have someone ready to drive you home after surgery. You will not be permitted to drive if you are given any pain medication after your procedure. Talk with your doctor about when you’ll be released to drive following surgery. You will not be permitted to drive if you are given any sedation.
NMC Health offers case worker services to help you plan a transition back home after your surgery. They will be able to help you set up transportation and a plan for when you go home.
Every patient and surgery is different. Our NMC Health doctors and surgeons take special care to avoid any complications before, during and after surgery.
However, there is always a risk of complications when you get surgery. Here are the most common complications following surgery, according to the American Medical Association:
- Blood clots
- Allergic reactions to anesthesia
- Breathing problems
- Hemorrhage or heavy bleeding
- Inability to empty bladder
- Surgical wound infection
Speak with your doctor about the risk of complications before your surgery so you have a better understanding before your procedure.
Yes. When you check-in for surgery, our admissions specialists will make sure your medical records are up-to-date. They will ask you about any allergies and conditions you might have so that information can be given to your surgical team.
Everyone on your surgical team will be made aware of the information within your medical chart.
It’s important for our medical staff to verify your name and personal information before you are given anesthesia and prepped for surgery. This is a safety measure to make sure they understand your allergies and to prevent any reactions to medicines while you’re in the hospital or surgery center for a procedure.
These patient safety checks are done by each new member of your team to make sure they are treating the right person and prepping them for the right surgery.