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Our general surgeons provide evaluation and treatment of the full range of complex general surgery problems. Often working in conjunction with colleagues in other specialties, our staff emphasizes collaboration with referring physicians.
Our patient-centered philosophy means that our patients always come first.
Outpatient surgery, also known as ambulatory surgery, allows a patient to undergo surgery without having to be admitted to the hospital. Each of our hospitals offers this type of surgery for those needing less invasive or more routine procedures. Find out more about Outpatient Surgery in our Health Library.
Having ambulatory surgery at West Penn Allegheny? Click the hospital-specific links below for more information about the Ambulatory Care Centers throughout the System.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
A decade ago, the smallest incision for open heart surgery was about 15 inches long, and it was made with a saw. But today, most surgery can be performed through slits in the skin only 1/4-inch long. It's called minimally invasive surgery and some of the pioneers of this technique are here in Pittsburgh at West Penn Allegheny Health System.
Using specially designed instruments inserted through small surgical incisions, minimally invasive procedures generally result in only a few days in the hospital, minimal pain and scarring, and a short recovery period. These innovative methods can now be applied to most types of surgical procedures, including cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, gynecologic surgery, neurosurgery, cancer surgery, orthopaedic surgery and urologic surgery.
West Penn Allegheny Health System surgeons were among the first to use these minimally invasive approaches, and have accumulated some of the largest clinical experiences with laparoscopic surgical techniques in the country.
Less invasive alternatives are available for the surgical treatment of such conditions as:
- Coronary artery disease and valvular heart disease
- Spinal disorders and orthopaedic problems
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease, achalasia and other esophageal disorders
- Cancer of the colon and rectum, breast, lung, prostate and kidney
- Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
- Inguinal and abdominal hernia
- Urinary incontinence and gynecologic tumors
- Uterine fibroid tumors
- Aortic aneurysm
- Renal transplantation
- Hyperhidrosis-sweaty hands/face
For many patients, bloodless medicine and surgery (treatment without blood transfusion) is a preferred treatment. Surgery without blood can be quicker, cleaner and less expensive than alternative treatments. WPAHS doctors have successfully applied bloodless techniques during operations and emergency procedures that traditionally required transfusions.
If you're interested in bloodless medicine and surgery, talk to your doctor about nonblood alternatives before the need for treatment arises. This is especially important for pregnant women, parents with small children, and the elderly.
Want to learn more? Call 412.DOCTORS (412.362.8677) or call the Bloodless Medicine Program directly at 412.359.8787.
Our urologists are trained in the latest minimally invasive procedures including robotic surgery for optimal treatment of genitourinary cancers. The da Vinci Robotic Surgery System is the #1 choice for treatment of localized prostate cancer in the United States, and we offer it here.