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Surgery

Surgery is the medical treatment of diseases or injuries with instruments used to influence the body. Surgery is used to correct injuries and improve function as a medical necessity or on an elective basis, including some plastic surgery procedures.

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Surgeons in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Learning that you or a loved one needs surgery can be stressful, but our experienced surgery team is here for you.

At HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, we offer comprehensive surgical services across a variety of medical specialties. Our board-certified surgeons offer advanced surgical care, and our entire surgery team is dedicated to providing you with support and guidance from admission through recovery.

Our surgical program

Our skilled team of board-certified surgical care specialists, registered nurses and experienced anesthesiologists work together to offer comprehensive surgical care across a wide range of medical specialties.

Surgical specialties we offer

At HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, our surgeons perform open, traditional procedures (with one large incision) and minimally invasive procedures (with a few small incisions). The surgical approach your doctor uses will depend on your health, condition and other factors.

Some of the surgical specialties we provide include:

Cardiovascular surgery

We offer heart and vascular surgery to treat patients with heart, vascular and lung conditions. Our cardiovascular surgeons are skilled at performing traditional procedures as well as minimally invasive interventional cardiology procedures.

Cardiovascular procedures we offer include:

  • Carotid artery stenting
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
  • Endovascular treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA)
  • Open-heart surgery
  • Repair of congenital heart abnormalities in adults
  • Valve repair and replacement
Gastrointestinal surgery

Our gastroenterologists offer comprehensive diagnostics and treatments for conditions affecting the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.

Some of the gastrointestinal procedures we offer include:

  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Esophageal endoscopy (EGD)
  • EUS-guided fine needle aspiration
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) anti-reflux surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Polyp removal
Gynecologic surgery

Our gynecologists are skilled at diagnosing and treating a variety of women's health conditions. We specialize in robot-assisted gynecologic surgery and offer the following procedures:

  • Endometriosis resection
  • Fibroid treatment
  • Hysterectomy
  • Myomectomy
Neurological surgery

When non-surgical treatments are ineffective, our neurosurgeons use advanced neurological surgeries to treat brain trauma, brain tumors, normal pressure hydrocephalus, stroke and other neurological conditions.

Orthopedic surgery

Our orthopedic surgeons offer a variety of procedures to treat conditions of the muscles, bones and joints. We specialize in minimally invasive surgeries and offer orthopedic procedures such as:

  • Anterior approach hip replacement
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Hip fracture repair
  • Knee revision
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Sports medicine procedures (including rotator cuff repairs and tendon releases)
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement
Spine surgery

The spine surgeons at our hospital offer minimally invasive spine surgeries to treat a wide range of conditions that affect the neck and back, from sciatica to compression fractures to degenerative disc diseases.

Other surgeries we offer

Other surgeries we specialize in include:

  • Colorectal surgery
  • Emergency trauma surgery
  • Ears, nose and throat (ENT) surgery
  • General surgery
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Ophthalmic surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Urologic surgery

Robot-assisted surgery

One of the minimally invasive surgical procedures we offer is robot-assisted surgery. During a robot-assisted surgery, your surgeon has complete control of the robotic surgical system, which duplicates the movements of the surgeon's hands allowing the surgeon to access hard-to-each areas within the body with increased precision and a few tiny incisions.

This minimally invasive surgery can offer patients benefits compared to traditional open procedures, such as shorter recovery times, smaller scars and less pain.

Preparing for surgery

We know that feeling prepared for a procedure helps to reduce the stress involved with having surgery.

Preregistering for surgery

We encourage you to preregister for your procedure by calling (888) 821-1642.

After preregistering, please plan on speaking with the pre-assessment registered nurse, either in person or by phone.

How to prepare the week before your surgery

These tips will help you prepare for your surgery. Be sure to complete them before the day of your surgery:

  • Complete any lab work, X-rays and other tests (if ordered) before the day of your procedure.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions for preparing for your procedure.
  • Read the post-procedure instructions before the day of your procedure.
How to prepare on the day of your surgery

The morning of your surgery, be sure to do the following:

  • Take a shower or bath
  • Wash your hair
  • Men should shave
  • Avoid oily body lotion
  • Don't use hair gels or sprays the day of your surgery
  • Don't wear any makeup
  • Bring your glasses, and leave your contact lenses at home
  • Don't wear any jewelry, including piercings

If you have paperwork or X-rays related to your procedure, be sure to bring them with you.

Arrive two hours before the time of your procedure. Patients having endoscopic surgery should arrive one hour before their scheduled procedure time.