The Surgical Services department has added new procedures and equipment to operating rooms. They include:
- Laparoscopic hysterectomies: This procedure usually involves three to four tiny incisions, opposed to one long cut. Physicians use a thin laparoscope with a camera on the end to perform the procedure. Long instruments that fit in the scope are used to remove the uterus.
- Minimally invasive joint replacements: These procedures involve smaller incisions and lessen recuperation time for those needing knee and hip joint prosthesis.
- Ossatron lithotripsy: This procedure uses shock wave treatment, a non-invasive procedure, to treat heel spurs and, in some instances, tennis elbow. Utilization can result in reduced healing time and pain.
- Coblator: This piece of equipment provides precise control and great functionality during ear/nose/throat procedures. Surgeries using a coblator enable tissue removal via molecular disintegration and decrease pain and recovery periods for patients.