A safe place to receive care
We recognize that these are uncertain times and you may have concerns about surgery. As always, the health and safety of our patients, caregivers and communities is our top priority. Vital healthcare procedures, including those unrelated to COVID-19, should not be ignored at this time. We put together a series of responses to several frequently asked questions regarding upcoming surgery procedures.
What to expect when having surgery
Surgical care in Plantation
At Plantation General Hospital, we perform a wide range of surgical procedures, offering our patients access to the advanced treatments they need. We prioritize patient comfort and safety every step of the way, including specialized consideration for children with our on-site pediatric anesthesiologist. Our hospital is equipped with minimally invasive surgical options, including laparoscopy and robotic surgical technology, to provide patients access to the most advanced, least invasive treatment options.
To learn more about our array of surgical services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (954) 321-4099.
Minimally invasive surgery
Minimally invasive surgery is the overarching term for surgical procedures that use technology and techniques that limit the number of incisions required. Large incisions typically require a longer recovery time, while smaller incisions heal quicker and offer less physical trauma to the patient. Laparoscopy and robotic surgery are the primary methods of minimally invasive surgery that we use.
A laparoscopic procedure involves the insertion of a medical device, called a laparoscope, through a small incision. The laparoscope is built with a camera inside, providing enhanced visualization and enabling the use of specialized surgical instruments to perform the procedure. Common procedures we perform using laparoscopy include appendectomy, balloon sinuplasty (for adults and kids), hysterectomy and hernia repair.
Minimally invasive surgery offer benefits such as less blood loss, less postoperative pain, fewer/smaller scars and a faster recovery time.
Robotic surgery, a form of minimally invasive surgery, offers patients access to complex procedures performed through only a few small incisions. This type of surgery is aided by a robotic surgical system that your surgeon remains in control of during the entirety of surgery. The system allows greater visualization and enhanced surgical dexterity.
We offer robotic surgery as an option in the following specialties: bariatric, general, gynecologic, urogynecologic, orthopedic, pediatrics and gastrointestinal (GI) surgeries.
Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, offers surgical solutions to patients with morbid obesity (typically considered to be 100 pounds or more overweight). There are several types of weight loss surgery, but the focus is to reduce the overall intake of food while also reducing the body's absorption of calories.
We perform the following weight loss procedures:
- Gastric balloon
- Gastric banding
- Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass)
- Laparoscopic gastric sleeve
- Revisional bariatric surgery
General surgery is a surgical specialty dealing with conditions affecting the organs and structures of the abdomen and gastrointestinal (GI) system. When medications and lifestyle changes have proven ineffective, a general surgery procedure may be the best treatment option. We perform both traditional, open surgery and provide minimally invasive options through laparoscopy for patients undergoing a general surgery procedure.
We commonly perform the following general surgery procedures:
- Hernia repairs
- Colon resection
- Gastric resection
- Small bowel resection
- Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)
- GERD surgery (transoral incisionless fundoplication—TIF)
Gynecologic and urogynecologic surgery
Gynecologic care is a vital component of annual women's care checkups. If a gynecologic condition is diagnosed, we have the experts on staff to treat it, often using minimally invasive options, such as laparoscopy or robotic surgery.
Additionally, many gynecologic conditions also affect the female urinary system. The area of medicine that treats these conditions is called urogynecology. We surgically treat both gynecologic and urogynecologic conditions, including:
- Bladder disorders
- Pelvic floor disorders, including vaginal and uterine vault prolapse
- Cervical, uterine and ovarian cancers
- Excessive menstrual bleeding
- Ovarian cysts
- Uterine fibroids
As a part of our orthopedic services, our orthopedic surgeons are available to provide surgical solutions for a range of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. Our orthopedists are with you from initial diagnosis to preoperative and postoperative surgical care and all the way through your recovery and rehabilitation process.
At Plantation General Hospital, our full-service pediatric care includes a range of surgical options, if surgery is the best form of treatment. We take special care to ensure the proper sedation of your child with our on-site pediatric anesthesiologist. We specialize in pediatric balloon sinuplasty, for kids with chronic sinusitis, and orthopedic surgery. Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons commonly treat kids with clubfoot, fractures and scoliosis.
Postoperative surgical care
As part of our dedication to patient comfort and safety, we offer updated, enhanced postoperative suites. These spacious, private rooms provide a healing environment combined with advanced technology and specialized nursing care and attention. Our suites include:
- Updated patient bathrooms
- Spacious area for guests
- Peaceful, calm environment
- Access to dedicated nursing station for patients in postoperative care
- Updated LED lighting
- Wireless internet access