Surgical Services

When an illness or injury requires surgery, the surgical staff at Providence Hospital can help. Our highly skilled surgeons, nurses, surgical techs, anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists perform more than 31,000 surgical, endoscopic and cardiac catheterization procedures every year.

Our surgical facilities are equipped with the latest technology, including the DaVinci Robot Surgical System, TruVision Retinal Surgical System, Ziess microscopes, Hana anterior hip table for hip and much more.

Quality Care
The quality of surgical care at Providence has consistently earned designation as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement and for Spine Surgery by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. Blue Distinction Centers are recognized for the safe, effective care they provide their patients. These doctors and hospitals must meet a specific set of rigorous standards to receive the Blue Distinction designation. Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement facilities have demonstrated expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries. Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery provide comprehensive inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures. Research confirms that Blue Distinction designated healthcare facilities in these areas have fewer complications, lower readmission rates and fewer repeat operations than non-designated facilities.

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Surgical Services offered at Providence Hospital

• Aesthetic and reconstructive (plastics)
• Cardiovascular (heart/lung)
• Colorectal
• Gastroenterology procedures
• General Surgery
• Gynecological
• Joint Replacement
• Neurosurgery
• Oral and Dentistry
• Orthopedic (sports medicine, trauma, spine)
• Ophthalmologic
• Otolaryngological (ear, nose and throat)
• Urological
• Vascular

Robot-Assisted Surgery

Our surgeons use the DaVinci Robot Surgical System for a variety of common procedures. In robotic surgery, your surgeon is seated at a control console in the surgery suite with you. Rather than manipulating surgical instruments by hand, the surgeon views internal organs and structures under magnification and remotely manipulates instruments through the control console. This technology allows more precise movements than can be achieved manually. Robotic surgery is safe and effective, and, depending on the surgical procedure performed, has been proven to reduce blood loss, shorten hospital stays, result in less pain, lower the rate of complications and lead to faster recovery and better long-term function.

Some of the robotic surgical procedures performed at Providence include:

Cholecystectomy is removal of the gall bladder, usually to treat chronic gall bladder disease resulting from gallstones. In the past, cholecystectomy was an extensive operation that required a long recovery period. Laparoscopic surgery brought about great improvements, enabling the surgery to be performed in an outpatient setting, which decreased recovery time. Robotic laparoscopy advanced the technique even further so that our surgeons can often remove the gall bladder using just one small incision in the bellybutton, compared to up to four incisions with unassisted laparoscopy. Patients experience virtually no scarring, minimal pain, and a lower rate of complications.

Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus to treat heavy menstrual bleeding, fibroid tumors, cancer or other conditions. This surgery previously required abdominal surgery with a large incision and a lengthy recovery period. Today, many women are candidates for less-invasive laparoscopic procedures. Using the DaVinci robot to assist with laparoscopic hysterectomy gives your surgeon greater precision with less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, fewer complications, less pain and a smaller scar. Providence Hospital was the first hospital in Mobile to offer single-site robot-assisted hysterectomy.

If surgical treatment for prostate cancer includes removal of the prostate, or prostatectomy, robot- assisted procedures offer several advantages over traditional “open” surgery. The less invasive, more precise method typically results in less blood less during surgery, a lower chance of nerve damage, less risk of complications and a shorter hospital stay. A higher percentage of patients who undergo robotic surgery regain pre-surgery erectile function within twelve months and experience a faster return to urinary continence.

Sacral colpopexy is a procedure that treats pelvic organ prolapse. The uterus, vagina and other pelvic organs are held in place in the pelvis by muscles, ligaments and other tissue. When these muscles and connective tissues weaken, the pelvic organs can drop, or prolapse, into the vaginal canal. Sacral colpopexy is a surgical procedure that reattaches these organs. Laparoscopic surgery with robot assistance can result in smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, less time on a urinary catheter, less blood loss and better long-term function.

Other procedures performed at Providence Hospital that are enhanced by using robotic assistance include colectomy, which is the removal of all or part of the colon; nephrectomy, the removal of the kidney; and tubal reanastomosis, which is reversal of tubal ligation.