Our Surgical Specialty Team is highly skilled in a full range of surgical procedures, from same-day outpatient surgery to more complex situations.
Meet our Team
Surgical Procedures Include:
- Endovascular & Vascular
- General & Gastrointestinal
Prior to surgery, patient rooms are equipped with everything needed to prepare the patient for their procedure, providing a completely private preoperative experience. Each patient is assigned a 4-digit PIN that allows family and friends to see updates on a monitor in the waiting room of their loved one’s progress through their surgical procedure.
4K Laparoscopy – Allows surgeons to observe color detail, fine patterns and structures in high precision.
- Total Integration – Allows the surgeon to consolidate data, gives them access to video and controls for all of these devices at a central command station, allowing the surgical staff to perform many of their tasks efficiently without needing to move around the operating room
- Leica Microscope – Designed for multiple surgical disciplines, this state-of-the-art modular system enables the surgeons to operate with flawless precision
In addition to operating suites, our medical center has:
- GI Endoscopy/ Bronchoscopy Suite – Dedicated to endoscopy and bronchoscopy procedures.
- Universal Room – Combines a traditional operating room with an image guided interventional suite. This combination allows for highly complex, advanced surgical procedures. Not only are the rooms combined but the teams are combined to form a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians prepared to meet the complex needs of patients.
- Dual X-Ray C-Arm – Inside the Universal Room is a fixed C-Arm. This is an X-ray machine that provides high-resolution images in real-time, allowing for immediate surgical care
- Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) – After surgery, patients are brought to the PACU. Patient beds frame the nurses station in order to provide intensive observation and care while patients comfortably awaken from their procedure.
Halifax Health is consistently named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Halifax Health was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
Before your Surgery
Tests and Procedures
Your physician may schedule you for additional tests prior to your surgery. Tests could include:
- Chest x-rays
- Electrocardiograms (ECG/EKG)
- Blood tests
- Urine sample
Ask your physician or nurse about fasting or other special instructions before any pre-surgical test.
If you have a pre-operative testing appointment, please bring the following:
- Driver’s license or identification card
- Insurance card
- List of all medications and supplements, including doses and how often
Preparing for Surgery
Follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet the day of surgery. If your surgeon has not specifically instructed you, follow anesthesia guidelines below:
- Do not consume solids or unclear liquids within eight hours. Do not consume clear liquids within two hours of the procedure
- Clear liquids include water, black coffee, apple juice, Kool-Aid and Gatorade/sports drinks. Orange juice and coffee with cream are NOT clear liquids
- Ask your physician if you should stop taking blood thinners (such as Coumadin, Plavix, aspirin or ibuprofen) before surgery. You may also need to stop taking herbal products two weeks prior to surgery
- If you get a cold, fever or rash, call your physician. Surgery may need to be postponed until you recover
- Please make arrangements in advance for someone to bring you and take you home from your surgery. Arrange for a caretaker at home for the first 24 hours, to assist you if needed
- Bring a copy of your living will if you have one, or other advance medical directives. Information about advance medical directives will be provided to you after you arrive
- Follow your physician’s orders about your medications, especially if you are diabetic and require insulin
- Shower or bathe the night before or day of surgery or follow the special instructions given by your surgeon. Avoid shaving the surgical site area
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing
- Leave valuables (jewelry, cash, credit cards, etc.) at home
- Remove all makeup and nail polish
- Bring your insurance cards, driver’s license or identification card
- A parent or legal guardian if you are under age 18
- A robe, slippers and toiletries if staying overnight
The Day of Your Surgery
- Free parking is abundant at all Halifax Health locations. Wheelchairs can easily be provided upon arrival at your request.
- Once admitted, you will be taken to a surgery preparation area, where a family member or friend can wait with you.
- Glasses, contacts, hearing aids and dentures may need to be removed immediately prior to surgery.
If you require anesthesia, it will be administered by our highly-qualified anesthesia care team. To provide optimum safety, the anesthesiologist directing the team is responsible for overseeing all stages of the anesthesia plan. You will be provided with a multimodal management plan. The use of narcotics, non-narcotic pain relievers, injection of local anesthetic at the site and the use of nerve blocks may be offered to you. It is important to communicate clearly how you feel, so that the best approach can be tailored to your needs.