Whether a surgical procedure is diagnostic, lifesaving, or restoring quality of life, you are in good hands at WhidbeyHealth.
WhidbeyHealth provides a full complement of surgical services from minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries, port or portacath placement, skin lesion removal including melanoma, and burn treatment including skin grafts to major gastrointestinal, thoracic procedures, breast surgeries and joint replacements.
Our board-certified surgical teams of experienced surgeons, nurses and medical professionals are driven to deliver excellent outcomes with personalized, one-on-one care, close to home.
Breast abnormalities can be both frightening and personal, and our compassionate care providers will treat you with the utmost care and respect throughout the process. Sometimes changes in breast tissue are benign growths, but even these can be painful.
Patient education is essential in discussing surgical options, which may include breast-conserving surgery such as lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, or one that removes more tissue and potentially lymph nodes to discern any spread of disease.
Learn more about our full range of Women’s Health Services here.
Endoscopy is the insertion of a long, thin tube into the body to observe an internal organ or tissue in detail. The technique is minimally invasive and useful in a variety of procedures and surgeries.
An endoscope can be inserted through the mouth for studies of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, or through the anus for a lower GI or colonoscopy. The technique also is used in minimally invasive surgeries through small incisions—for imagery inside the body as well as removal of small growths or polyps. It can be used in the respiratory system, ear, urinary tract, chest, abdomen, pelvis and joints.
Recovery time depends on the type of procedure, but many endoscopic procedures are outpatient—allowing the patient to return home the same day. Prior to your procedure, your medical team will provide information on how to prepare before surgery and what to expect afterward.
Gastrointestinal (GI) surgeries include procedures on all parts of the digestive system: esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, as well as the liver, gall bladder and pancreas.
Conditions that may require surgery include appendicitis, hernia, diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Serious injuries and extreme discomfort sometimes require surgical correction. We are building up our orthopedic surgical teams to address a growing need in our diverse community.
Orthopedic surgeries include bone reconstruction after a complex fracture, musculoskeletal repairs due to disorders or traumatic injury, and joint repairs or total replacement. Applications include sports medicine as well as arthritis and other conditions.
Our board-certified surgeons and specialists are adopting processes that will help patients recover and return to normal life faster than possible in the past. It is especially advantageous to have full pre- and post-operative support services and therapy close to home at time when a patient has limited mobility and cannot drive.
There are a few reasons a patient may need a transfusion of blood, blood products or fluids into their circulatory system. The potentially life-saving procedure can help replace blood lost due to surgery or injury, and it can help individuals when an illness prevents the body from making blood or some of its components correctly.
Transfusions are a routine medical procedure using a narrow tube to a vein in the arm, and there are typically no, or very mild, complications. There is no good replacement for human blood, so the medical field relies on donors to provide blood for transfusions. Strict safety screening practices ensure the blood comes from a healthy donor.
Anesthesiology relates to comfort and pain mitigation before, during and after surgery using local and regional pain blockers, and general and sedation anesthesia.
At WhidbeyHealth, we have a team of compassionate and professional advanced registered nurse practitioners who design an anesthesia plan for each patient, monitor sedation and vital signs throughout the procedure, minimize stress to optimize recovery, and plan for post-surgical comfort.
Whether the surgery is inpatient or outpatient, recovery times will vary based on the procedure and the condition of the patient prior to surgery. Inpatient stays will be as long as necessary to stabilize the patient, but we know the best rest and healing takes place in the comfort of one’s own home. Those receiving outpatient surgeries should plan to arrange a safe ride home, as anesthesia used in any surgical procedure will prevent the patient from driving.
One advantage to having surgery at WhidbeyHealth is having easy access to a complete array of follow-up care and rehabilitation services close to home. Even if a specialized surgery is performed at another hospital, WhidbeyHealth practitioners can work with other surgeons to coordinate pre- and post-operative services with the personal touch of caregivers from your own community.