Surgery

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas performs more than 5,500 surgeries every year, in all specialties. From routine procedures to complex surgeries, our staff represents the hospital’s commitment to exceptional patient care and safety.

Whether an elective surgery or an emergency procedure, our uncompromising emphasis on teamwork – which involves collaboration among physicians, anesthesiologists, nurses, staff and our patients – ensures the highest quality of care. Because every one of our patients is unique, providing personalized attention throughout the entire surgical process is important to all of us.

In 9 state-of-the-art operating rooms, our surgeons perform a broad spectrum of inpatient, outpatient, day surgery and minimally invasive procedures. As a leader in healthcare, we are committed to staying on the cutting edge of technology in order to provide our patients with superior surgical services, including:

Minimally invasive surgery means less blood loss, faster recovery time, less pain medication and less scarring. Depending upon the procedure; many patients are able to resume normal activities within a week as opposed to the four-to-six week recovery time of traditional surgical methods. Many procedures can even be done on an outpatient basis.

Here are some of the surgeries we perform:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Treatment for endometriosis, ovarian cysts and fibroid tumors
  • Pelvic floor repair
  • Plastic surgery and liposuction
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Vaginal prolapsed (organs falling out; bulging organs)
  • Procidentia (total vaginal prolapse)
  • Bladder suspension (incontinence)
  • Rectocele repair (constipation issues)
  • Sphincter repair (fecal incontinence, rectal bulge)
  • Sterilization
  • Gallbladder, appendectomy and thyroid

Da Vinci Robot

We use the da Vinci robot to perform advanced minimally invasive procedures with unrivaled precision. Traditional laparoscopy required long, hand-held instruments that cannot bend or rotate, where the da Vinci gives physicians’ additional flexibility and mobility. Laparoscopy is often guided by 2-D imaging on a separate monitor, but da Vinci incorporates 3-D imaging into the machine itself. That means that surgeon can focus on you rather than looking back and forth between the tools and the monitor.

The Woman’s hospital of Texas is currently using this advanced surgical technology in the following procedures

  • Gynecological cancer
  • Heavy uterine bleeding
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic prolapsed

Anesthesia

Anesthesia goes hand in hand with surgery – and it basically means a set of drugs given to a patient so that the patient has little to no pain during a surgical procedure. Some anesthetic drugs also prevent a patient from remembering any events regarding his/her surgery. An anesthesiologist is a doctor who is specially trained in anesthesiology and pain relief, and is an integral part of our surgical team. Prior to surgery, am member of the Anesthesia Department will conduct a comprenhensive evaluation of the patient to determine any anesthetic concerns. Any patient undergoing a procedure will meet with the anesthesiologist prior to the procedure. While in the Operating Room, the anesthesiologist either administers anesthetic drugs or medically directs a certified registered nurse anesthestist (CRNA) to administer anesthesia. After surgery, the anesthesiologist monitors the patient’s recovery from anesthesia.

  • General – Complete absence of sensation and consciousness induced by drugs given intravenously (in a vein) or inhaled
  • Local – This type of anesthesia is specific to one area of the body.
  • Regional – This type of anesthesia is used when a block effect is desired. For example: an epidural, for podiatry cases (foot surgery).
  • Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) – This type of care is when an anesthesiologist provides sedation as needed and monitors the patient’s vital signs throughout a procedure.