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Surgery

Surgery is a branch of medicine that involves treating diseases or injuries by adjusting or removing organs, tissues or bones. Surgery includes both necessary procedures like cardiac surgery, or elective procedures such as joint replacement.

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Inpatient and outpatient surgical care in Florida

When surgery is the best option to help you live a fuller, healthier life, you're entitled to high-quality care provided by expert surgeons.

You also deserve access to different surgical options, like robotic and minimally invasive techniques. That's exactly what we offer you, and it's one of the ways we help you feel confident and safe in your entire treatment plan. We also understand surgery can be a really emotional experience for you and your loved ones, and hope you'll find some comfort in knowing HCA Florida Healthcare's surgical teams are compassionate, knowledgeable and experienced.

Our surgical specialties and services

We offer a wide range of surgeries for newborns, children, adolescents and adults.

Gastrointestinal (GI) and colorectal surgery

As part of our GI and colorectal care services, we treat many different GI issues using surgeries that include:

  • Anal fissure treatment
  • Fecal incontinence treatment
  • Fistula treatment
  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • Colon motility treatment
  • Colon polyps removal
  • Colon resection
  • Crohn's disease treatment
  • Gallstone removal
  • Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures, such as bronchoscopy and colonoscopy
  • Heartburn and acid reflux surgery, including:
    • Magnetic reflux management
    • Nissen fundoplication
    • Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF)
  • Hemorrhoid treatment
  • Ostomy insertion
  • Pilonidal disease treatment
  • Rectal bleeding treatment
  • Ulcerative colitis treatment

Gynecologic and urogynecologic surgery

Our women's health services include complete care for all of your gynecologic and urogynecologic needs. This includes surgeries such as:

  • Bladder disorder treatment
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Excessive menstrual bleeding treatment
  • Hysterectomy
  • Loop electrical excision procedure (LEEP)
  • Ovarian cyst removal
  • Pelvic floor disorders, including vaginal and uterine vault prolapse, treatment
  • Tubal ligation
  • Uterine fibroids treatment

Heart and vascular surgery

We offer specialized cardiovascular surgery that includes a variety of surgical treatments, such as:

  • Bypass surgery
  • Coronary stenting/balloon angioplasty
  • Device implantation
  • Embolization
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Thoracic and ventricular aneurysm repair
  • Vascular surgeries related to:
    • Hemodialysis access
    • Stroke, atherosclerosis and blood clot treatments
    • Varicose and spider vein treatment

Oncology (cancer) surgery

Along with other diagnostic and treatment options, our oncology care includes surgery such as:

  • Intraoperative options for radiation therapy
  • Port placement and removal for chemotherapy treatment
  • Surgical removal of cancers and tumors

Orthopedic, joint and spine surgery

We offer comprehensive orthopedic programs that include:

  • Hand and wrist surgery, including complex hand repairs
  • Injury-related surgery, such as surgery to treat sports and trauma injuries
  • Joint replacement surgery (partial and total) and repairs of the hip, knee, shoulder and elbow
  • Podiatric (foot and ankle) surgery
  • Spine surgery, including:
    • Kyphoplasty
    • Laminectomy
    • Microdiscectomy
    • Spinal cord injury treatment
    • Spinal curvature correction
    • Spinal fusion

Pediatric surgery

Our complete pediatric care program includes surgeries for:

  • Congenital abdominal wall defects
  • Congenital malformations
  • Hydroceles (swelling of scrotum, most common in newborns)
  • Newborn anomalies of the airway, GI tract and urological system
  • Pediatric heart diseases
  • Pediatric hernias
  • Pediatric traumas

Transplants

Our transplant services include:

  • Heart transplants
  • Kidney transplants
  • Liver transplants

Urologic surgery

Urological services at our hospitals are extensive and include many different treatment options, including surgical treatments such as:

  • Bladder disorder treatment
  • Cystoscopy
  • Penile implant surgery
  • Procedures for kidney stones, including extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL)
  • Prolapse treatment
  • Prostatic urethral lift
  • Prostatectomy (partial and total)
  • Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
  • Urinary incontinence treatment

Weight loss (bariatric) surgery

We are proud to provide many types of weight loss procedures to help you lose weight and keep it off in the long run. These procedures include:

  • Gastric balloon
  • Gastric banding (and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding)
  • Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass)
  • Gastric sleeve
  • Revisional bariatric surgery

Minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive surgeries use smaller and fewer incisions than traditional or "open" surgeries do. This offers many advantages, including:

  • Less harm to surrounding tissue
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Quicker recovery
  • Reduced scarring
  • Shorter hospital stays

Many of the minimally invasive surgeries we offer can be performed as outpatient (same-day) procedures and include:

Endoscopic and arthroscopic procedures

These types of procedures involve small incisions and use fiber-optic video cameras as well as catheters (thin, flexible tubes) during the procedure. This allows surgeons and their teams to easily access and readily see a detailed, live video of the surgical site.

Arthroscopic procedures are specifically performed on joints, whereas endoscopic procedures are performed in other areas of the body, as needed.

Laser surgery

This is an innovative minimally invasive technique we are proud to offer. It involves the use of sound waves guided by X-ray or ultrasound to perform procedures.

Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic procedures involve one or more small incisions through which a laparoscope is inserted. This tool has special surgical instruments on it as well as a camera to allow surgeons to easily see the surgical site.

Robotic surgery

Many of the minimally invasive surgeries we perform are robot-assisted procedures. These use incredible, advanced technology that translates a surgeon's hand movements into more precise motions with robotic tools. The surgeon is nearby and always in full control of the robotic systems, which provides them with tiny surgical tools and highly detailed views of the surgical site. This amplifies the benefits of minimally invasive surgery and allows you to recover even faster.

Other surgeries and procedures

We also offer a wide range of other surgeries, including:

  • Cranial/Facial
  • Emergency and trauma surgery
  • Endocrine surgery, including removal of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands
  • Excisional biopsies of skin lesions, lipomas, cysts and melanomas
  • Eye surgery, including cataract surgery (phacoemulsification) with lens implant and glaucoma treatment
  • Hand surgery
  • General surgery of the abdominal organs and bowels
  • Neurological surgery (neurosurgery)
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Otolaryngologic (head, neck, ear, nose and throat) surgery, including tracheostomy and pituitary tumor removal
  • Plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, including breast reconstruction, augmentation or reduction, liposuction and laser skin resurfacing
  • Pulmonary surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Wound management surgery to promote and restore proper blood flow to chronic, non-healing wounds as well as elective surgery to avoid major amputations from gangrene

Our surgical teams

One of the reasons we have exceptional surgical outcomes is that we offer highly trained and specialized surgical teams. They work together very closely with you, familiarizing themselves with your unique situation. They also consult with others in our vast network across Florida to ensure they are approaching your care holistically.

Some of the specialists you may work with during your surgical process include:

  • Surgeons
  • Nurses, including preoperative and recovery room nurses
  • Surgical technicians
  • Radiologists
  • Anesthesiologists

Pre- and postoperative care

When possible, we encourage our patients to get to know their doctors and surgeons. We want you to feel comfortable with your surgical teams and to know they are experts who can provide high-quality care.

These teams will offer you preoperative instructions and be available to answer your questions. These instructions usually include the types of medications you can and cannot take beforehand, as well as rules around eating and drinking the night before your procedure. There may also be other preparations you need to make.

After surgery, we offer just as much careful attention and care as before your procedure. You'll have teams around you providing constant support and reassurance. They will give you discharge instructions that include what you need to do at home in the days and weeks ahead. They will also make sure you get access to the resources you need to recover, such as physical therapy and rehabilitation programs.

Whatever procedure you've had, we'll continue to provide ongoing education and follow-up care for as long as you need it. However, be sure to speak with your surgical team if you have other questions before or after surgery.

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