St. Luke's Health - Springwoods Village Hospital - Spring, TX
2255 E Mossy Oaks Rd
, TX 77389
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Services We Offer
CT Body Imaging
CT (computerized tomography) body imaging is a diagnostic tool that provides a detailed look at the organs of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. CT body imaging provides detailed views from many angles and cross-sections of the organs, bones, and soft tissues, and blood vessels, and often incorporates contrast dye to narrow in on a specific area.
CT Neuro Imaging
Computerized tomography (CT) neuro imaging is a diagnostic tool that provides detailed views of the brain from many angles and in specific “slices” throughout. CT brain scans are used to detect and monitor injuries, tumors, and brain diseases, often with the assistance of contrast dye.
Liver and kidney biopsies are diagnostic procedures performed by removing a small piece of organ tissue for evaluation, typically with the use of a biopsy needle. The biopsied tissue can be closely examined to determine the presence and/or severity of liver or kidney disease.
Thyroid/Lymph Node Biopsies
Thyroid/lymph node biopsies are minimally invasive diagnostic procedures that use a fine needle to remove a small sample of tissue or cells from the thyroid gland or lymph nodes for examination in a lab. Typically, these biopsies are used to determine the presence or progression of cancer.
Abscess/Fluid Collection Drainages
A minimally invasive diagnostic procedure to remove infected fluid from the body, most commonly in the abdomen or pelvis. During the procedure, an interventional radiologist uses imaging guidance to insert a thin needle or catheter into the affected area to drain the abscess fluid.
Biliary interventions are minimally invasive procedures performed to open or unblock bile ducts. Bile ducts refer to the passageway (that digestive fluid flows through) between the liver and gallbladder. When these ducts become narrowed or blocked, bile cannot pass into the small intestine, resulting in infection.
Carotid/cerebral angiograms are diagnostic procedures that utilize contrast dye and X-ray imaging to closely examine the carotid arteries, which carry blood to the brain, and the blood vessels of the brain. They are used to spot any narrowing or other abnormalities that present high risk for aneurysms or strokes.
A catheter angiography is a diagnostic/treatment procedure that generates imaging of the blood vessels. A thin, flexible tube (catheter) inserted through a limb or the groin is used to inject contrast dye that allows the blood vessels to show up in detailed X-ray imaging, revealing blockages, aneurysms, and other abnormalities.
Catheter Directed Thrombolysis
Catheter directed thrombolysis is a nonsurgical method of treating blood clots. Often used in cases of deep vein thrombosis, which can cause pulmonary embolism, the procedure involves inserting and running a catheter to the clot-affected area and, through it, injecting clot-dissolving medicine or removing it by suction if necessary.
Coil Occlusion of Aneurysms
Coil occlusion of aneurysms is a minimally invasive procedure to treat cerebral (brain) aneurysms. A catheter is used to insert tiny, platinum coils into the aneurysm, blocking more blood from entering the aneurysm. Coil occlusion is most often used to treat unruptured aneurysms.
A musculoskeletal CT (computerized tomography) is a diagnostic imaging tool that provides detailed views of the bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments, and is used to detect muscle and bone damage and diagnose conditions such as osteoporosis, osteopenia, bone cancer, muscular dystrophy, and tendinitis.
Dialysis and Fistula Declotting and Interventions
Dialysis and fistula declotting and interventions use angioplasty and stenting procedures to open up narrowed blood vessels and improve blood flow in patients receiving kidney dialysis. Dialysis requires a fistula and graft to grant the doctor access to the blood vessels to withdraw and replace the blood being treated, and these may become blocked or narrowed.
Embolization of Bleeding, Tumors & Vascular Lesions
Embolization of bleeding, tumors, and vascular lesions is a procedure used to stop internal/arterial bleeding, as well as to cut off blood supply to (and thus shrink) tumors and aneurysms. Embolization is performed by inserting blocking materials (e.g., small metal coils) through a catheter.
Extracranial and Intracranial Angioplasty
Extracranial and intracranial angioplasty is a treatment for the narrowing or blocking (stenosis) of the carotid artery — extracranial when it’s outside the skull, intracranial when it’s inside the skull. Angioplasty (with or without stenting) is a minimally invasive procedure to widen/open blocked blood vessels.
Inferior Vena Filter Placement and Removal
Inferior vena filter placement and removal are procedures involving a small device (filter) in the inferior vena cava (IVC) in order to prevent blood clots, particularly deep vein thromboses, from traveling to the lungs. The IVC is located in the abdomen and carries blood from the lower body (e.g., legs and pelvis) back to the heart.
Interventional Treatment of Arteriovenous Malformations of the Brain and Spine
Interventions for arteriovenous malformations (abnormal connections between veins and arteries) of the brain and spine include endovascular coiling/embolization, surgical resection, and stereotactic radiosurgery, depending on the location of the malformation and whether it is ruptured or unruptured.
Paracentesis and thoracentesis are procedures used to remove built-up fluid from the body, often caused by cancer or infection. A paracentesis removes fluid from the (peritoneal) abdominal cavity. A thoracentesis removes excess fluid from the pleural cavity, between the lungs and the chest wall.
Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)
Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a procedure to treat portal hypertension (high blood pressure at the liver). With X-ray imaging guidance, a small metal coil is placed in the portal vein to the liver, holding it open to keep a clear channel for blood flow and reduce blood pressure.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment for uterine fibroids that preserves the uterus. UFE is a radiological procedure that uses a catheter and contrast dye to direct small polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) particles into the fibroids to block blood flow and therefore deprive them of nutrients, shrinking them.
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures that treat vertebral compression fractures in the spine, often the result of osteoporosis, by injecting bone cement into the vertebra. In kyphoplasty, a balloon first creates space in the center of the vertebra to restore height, which is then filled with bone cement. Both are guided by radiology and contrast dye.
Radiofrequency (RFA) Tumor Ablation
Radiofrequency ablation is one of the most common ablation methods for small tumors. It uses high-energy radio waves. The doctor inserts a thin, needle-like probe into the tumor through the skin. A high-frequency current is then passed through the tip of the probe, which heats the tumor and destroys the cancer cells.
Transcatheter Arterial Chemoembolization (TACE)
Transarterial chemoembolization or TACE places chemotherapy and synthetic materials called embolic agents into a blood vessel feeding a cancerous tumor to cut off the tumor's blood supply and trap the chemotherapy within the tumor. It is most often used to treat liver cancer but may also be used in patients whose cancer has spread to other areas of the body. Chemoembolization may be used as a standalone treatment or in combination with surgery, ablation, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Angioplasty and Vascular Stenting
Angioplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a catheter with a small balloon on the tip is inserted into a blocked blood vessel to widen the artery and restore blood flow. Sometimes angioplasty requires the placement of a stent (a metal mesh tube) in the artery to help keep it open permanently.
Ankle Arthroscopy and Reconstruction
Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that orthopaedic surgeons use to treat problems in the ankle joint. Ankle arthroscopy uses a thin fiber-optic camera (arthroscope) that can magnify and transmit images of the ankle to a video screen. Ankle arthroscopies can reduce ankle pain and improve overall function. Ankle reconstruction is a surgery to tighten and firm up one or more ankle ligaments on the outside of your ankle. It's also known as the Brostrom procedure. It's most often done as an outpatient surgery, so you can go
Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill
The Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill uses air pressure to help unweight the patient. This allows the lower body to be enclosed and supported by the air pressure. ... Once the machine has calibrated to the individual, the body support percentage can be adjusted as desired.
Body Composition Testing/Nutritional Consultation
Body composition testing provides the precise breakdown of fat mass vs. muscle mass in the body, where each is stored, and any corresponding health risks. Armed with that information, nutritional consultation can offer tailored, effective lifestyle and nutritional changes for better health outcomes.
Concussion Management with Impact Testing
ImPACT testing is a neurocognitive screening tool to assess and manage concussions. The program offers baseline and post-injury testing of verbal and visual memory, reaction times, and processing speed in order to specifically evaluate a concussion’s effects and inform treatment decisions.
Flexibility exercises help maintain and improve the length, range, and elasticity of the muscles and connective tissue, simultaneously supporting range of motion, muscle limberness, and skeletal/joint health. Flexibility is essential in maintaining physical wellbeing with age.
Fracture care should be specific to the type and cause of fracture — e.g., simple, complex, or burst; caused by injury or osteoporosis; on the bone, joint surface, or clavicle. Treating fractures involves realigning and stabilizing the bone and giving it time to heal, while also managing pain and taking measures to maintain/restore function.
Functional Movement Screen
The functional movement screen is a diagnostic assessment that utilizes seven fundamental movement patterns to spot any instabilities, imbalances, and asymmetries. The screen can assess risk for musculoskeletal injury, and inform specific interventions to therefore prevent injury.
Functional Movement Training
Functional movement training is a fitness approach that that works multiple muscle groups at once to build balanced, holistic strength; improve daily movement patterns; and prevent injury. In addition to strength, functional movement training improves proprioception, coordination, and neuromuscular wellness.
Gait training is a specific type of physical therapy to improve mobility and balance and safely develop a healthy walking pattern, particularly after injury or illness. By improving overall mobility and encouraging physical activity, gait training also provides a boost to overall health.
Injury assessment provides a thorough evaluation of one’s medical vital signs; pain level (quality and severity of pain, what provoked it and when); and the “six Ps”: pain, pallor, paresthesia, pulses, paralysis, and pressure. Whether a traumatic/acute or chronic injury, this assessment will inform the treatment plan.
Massage is a manual therapy to reduce pain and tension through the manipulation of the muscles and other soft tissue. In addition to physical benefits, massage therapy has been shown to reduce stress and boost immune function, leading it be recommended to those being treated for conditions such as cancer and fibromyalgia, as well as musculoskeletal pain.
A revision arthroplasty is a surgery to fully or partially replace (reoperate) a prosthetic joint from a previous joint replacement, whether due to wear and tear, infection, or an imperfect fit. For example, a hip revision arthroplasty repairs or replaces components from an original hip replacement surgery.
Sports Certified Physical Therapy
Sports certified physical therapy is a specialized, board-certified area of physical therapy geared toward athletes of all levels (through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties). In addition to acute care and injury management/rehabilitation, it requires prevention and education in order to identify and address underlying conditions, not just treat symptoms.
Strength and Conditioning
Strength and conditioning training aims to reduce risk of injury and improve functional fitness and athletic performance by improving the quality of movement. Physical therapy and strength and conditioning training are mutually beneficial and often go hand-in-hand.
Unicompartment Partial Knee Arthroplasty
A unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (partial knee replacement) is an orthopedic surgery to treat osteoarthritis in the knee, possible when damage is only in one component of the knee. The procedure replaces/resurfaces the damaged bone and cartilage with metal and plastic prosthetics, leaving the healthy remainder of the knee. The pain, recovery, and incisions are significantly less severe than with a full knee replacement.
Anterior Hip Replacement
A hip replacement is a surgical procedure to treat hip pain and discomfort by removing damaged bone and cartilage from the hip joint and replacing them with artificial implants. An anterior hip replacement is a type of hip replacement surgery in which a surgeon makes a small incision near the front of the hip to access the hip joint. This technique is minimally invasive and often leads to a quicker recovery than other hip replacement methods.
Arthroscopic Acl Repair
During arthroscopic ACL reconstruction, the surgeon makes several small incisions—usually two or three—around the knee. Sterile saline (salt) solution is pumped into the knee through one incision to expand it and to wash blood from the area. This allows the doctor to see the knee structures more clearly.
Arthroscopic Joint Repair - Hip/Knee
Arthroscopic Joint Repair of the hip and knee is a minor outpatient surgery used to treat individuals with an injured, inflamed, or damaged hip or knee joint. During an arthroscopic procedure, a surgeon will insert a small fiber-optic camera, known as an arthroscope, through a small incision to view and repair the affected area.
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is a type of shoulder surgery used to repair a tear of the rotator cuff in your shoulder. Shoulder arthroscopy uses small incisions and special equipment to view and repair an injury, and is considered less-invasive than traditional open surgery.
Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair is a minor outpatient surgery used to treat individuals with an injured, inflamed, or damaged shoulder joint. During an arthroscopic procedure, a surgeon will insert a small fiber-optic camera, known as an arthroscope, through a small incision to view and repair the affected area.
Cartilage Injury Repair
Cartilage injury repair is the process of healing and regenerating damage to cartilage, an essential connective tissue of the joints. Based on the severity of the cartilage injury, repair may range from rest to corticosteroid injections to surgical procedures like implants and grafts, or microfracture and drilling to promote regrowth.
Follow Up Care After Orthopedic Surgery
Follow-up care after orthopedic surgery generally involves immediate at-home care such as icing and dressing the wound; carefully paced mobility and physical therapy exercises; in some cases, managing medical equipment and medication; and in-office follow-ups with the doctor.
Hand repair is a type of surgery that treats both acute and chronic conditions of the hand, wrist, and forearm. Hand repair surgery includes procedures such as hand reconstruction (e.g., after an injury), nerve repair, and tendon repair. Its aim is to restore function to the extremity.
Meniscal surgery is a procedure to treat a torn meniscus in the knee, either by repairing the tear or by removing all or part of the meniscus. Meniscal tears are generally first treated with physical therapy, but if the tear does not heal (or from the start in severe cases), meniscal surgery may be recommended.
Partial Knee Replacement
A partial knee replacement is an orthopedic surgery to treat osteoarthritis in the knee, possible when damage is only in one component of the knee. The procedure replaces/resurfaces the damaged bone and cartilage with metal and plastic prosthetics, leaving the healthy remainder of the knee. The pain, recovery, and incisions are significantly less severe than with a full knee replacement.
Shoulder Repair & Replacement
Shoulder repair and replacement surgeries (shoulder arthroplasty) treat shoulder injuries by replacing damaged parts with prosthetic components. Surgery is typically called for in cases of severe breaks and arthritis, or when physical therapy and other interventions are not effective.
SLAP repair (or SLAP tear surgery, for superior labrum anterior to posterior) is a shoulder surgery to repair damage to the cartilage ring of the shoulder socket (labrum), which can result from overuse or from acute injury. The procedure is performed as a minimally invasive arthroscopy.
Total Knee Replacement
A total knee replacement (arthroplasty) is an orthopedic surgery to remove severely damaged bone and cartilage of the knee, often caused by osteoarthritis, and replace it with metal, polymer, and plastic prosthetics. Knee replacement surgery drastically improves mobility and reduces pain.
Foot reconstruction surgery can correct disorders, injuries, and deformities in the bones, muscles, and ligaments of the foot and ankle in order to restore function. Issues treated by foot reconstruction include heel/bone spurs, plantar fasciitis, infections, arthritis, flat feet, and hammer toe.
Ligament reconstruction is a surgical procedure to repair or replace a damaged ligament. Ligaments are tough, elastic connective tissues that stabilize and support joints. An injury or tear to a ligament causes pain, loss of range of motion and movement, and destabilization of the joint.
Epidural or Trigger Point Injections
Epidural or trigger point injections are used to treat persistent or chronic musculoskeletal pain. A highly localized anesthetic is injected directly at trigger points (small knots or tender areas in the soft tissue, often near the bones or joints) to relieve pain and other symptoms.
Nerve Blocks or Stimulation
Nerve blocks and nerve stimulators are outpatient procedures to treat chronic nerve pain. Nerve blocks are targeted injections of local anesthetic, often with an anti-inflammatory, to identify and treat the source of nerve pain. Nerve stimulation uses an implanted device to send electrical pulses to the affected nerve (or spinal cord) to interfere with pain-signaling nerve impulses.
Techniques to Arrest Nerve Impulses
Techniques to arrest nerve impulses include nerve blocks and nerve stimulators, outpatient procedures to treat chronic nerve pain. Nerve blocks are targeted injections of local anesthetic, often with an anti-inflammatory. Nerve stimulation uses an implanted device to send electrical pulses to the affected nerve (or spinal cord) to interfere with pain-signaling nerve impulses.
The surgical removal of a body part such as a limb, hand, foot, finger, or toe. An amputation can be a life-altering experience, forcing the patient to relearn how to move and interact with their environment without a part of their body. An amputation may be caused by a traumatic accident (known as a traumatic amputation) or by disease, destruction, or infection of bodily tissue (known as surgical amputation).
Cardiopulmonary dysfunction refers to a range of (often serious) conditions that affect the heart and the lungs, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Treatments may range from lifestyle changes to medication to surgery, depending on the individual case.
Chronic pain is persistent, ongoing pain that lasts for more than six months, such as migraines, back pain, nerve pain, arthritis, and cancer. Chronic pain affects daily life; does not generally have a clear, present underlying cause; and often leads to fatigue, changes in appetite, and mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and anger.
Injury treatment may include rest, medication, physical therapy, and/or surgery, depending on the severity and location of the injury. While simple sprains can be resolved with the “RICE” treatment (rest, ice, compression, elevation), it's important to receive a full assessment of sports injuries to ensure the treatment plan aligns with the injury and does not miss underlying causes.
Neuromuscular or Other Neurological Disorders
Neuromuscular disorders cause problems with the muscles, the nerves that control them, and communication between the two (e.g., neuropathy, muscular dystrophy). Neurological disorders are issues with the brain, spinal cord, and nerves (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, stroke, migraines, epilepsy).
Performance enhancement physical therapy works toward injury prevention, recovery, and overall fitness. Performance enhancement training starts with a thorough assessment of an individual’s biomechanics and functional/musculoskeletal imbalances and works to improve balance, proprioception, and coordination as well as strength, power, and flexibility.
Post Cerebrovascular Accidents
A cerebrovascular accident (CVA, or stroke) can cause other conditions that require treatment and/or rehabilitation, including the disruption or loss of speech, vision, memory, and motor skills. The severity of the CVA and how quickly it was treated will affect the duration and intensity of necessary rehabilitation, such as with occupational and speech therapists.
Rehabilitation and therapy services include inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services. These services are provided to people who are recovering from an injury or illness or have a chronic health condition or disability.
Post Orthopedic Surgery
Post orthopedic surgery recovery varies by procedure, but all require rehabilitation. This involves cleaning and care of any incisions, carefully following the doctor’s instructions on introducing and increasing movement (for joint replacements, in particular, this is ASAP), and, often, completing physical therapy.
A discography (or discogram) is a diagnostic imaging test used to assess the source of back pain. Contrast dye is injected into the discs between vertebrae in order to show detail of any damage. The procedure is a controversial one in terms of reliability, and CT scans and MRIs are generally more trusted.
Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI)
Epidural steroid injections (ESI) relieve pain and inflammation in the back and limbs. A steroid, often alongside an anesthetic, is injected directly into the affected area in order to treat conditions such as pinched nerves, sciatica, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis.
Facet and Medial Branch Blocks
Facet and medial branch blocks are injections to treat or diagnose pain in the spine, particularly at the facet joints between vertebrae. An anesthetic, often with a steroid, is injected into or around the facet joint to block pain and help direct future treatment.
Intrathecal Pain Pumps
Intrathecal pain pumps are drug delivery systems used to manage chronic or cancer pain by delivering medication directly to the fluid around the spinal cord (via a catheter attached to a surgically implanted pump). Pain pumps allow for more effective treatment with lower doses of drugs, hopefully limiting side effects.
Posterior Cervical Fusion
Posterior cervical fusion (PCF) is spine surgery used to stabilize and/or straighten the cervical spine (neck) in order to treat conditions such as stenosis, fractures, and structural abnormalities. PCF removes pieces of bone as necessary relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, then uses rods, screws, and bone to make the vertebrae grow (fuse) together and work as one bone.
Resection of Spinal Tumors
Spinal tumor resection is the surgical removal of tumors in the spinal column, which can cause neurological issues even when benign. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and requires the opening and suturing of the tissue that surrounds the spinal canal.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation is a minimally invasive surgical treatment for chronic nerve pain in the spinal column that is nonresponsive to medication and other therapies with the use of an implanted device that issues electrical pulses to interfere with pain-signaling nerve signals being sent to the brain.
Cervical Spine Fusion Surgery
Cervical spine fusion surgery permanently connects vertebrae in the neck (cervical spine) using pieces of bone (grated or synthetic) and metal. It is used to treat herniations, extreme instability (e.g., from severe arthritis), and other malformations of the spine. After a fusion, the operated-upon vertebrae work as one unit, without motion between them.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery is a surgical procedure that is performed using tiny instruments through a small incision, rather than through a larger opening. This form of surgery offers the same benefits of open surgery, but results in a quicker operation, less pain, and a shorter healing time.
Total Disc Replacement
Total disc replacement (arthroplasty) is a surgical treatment for degenerative discs in the spine, offering an alternative to spinal fusion. The procedure removes the worn/degenerated disc (which acts as a cushion between vertebra) and replaces it with a prosthetic disc made of metal and/or plastic.
Cervical Microscopic Foraminotomy
A microscopic posterior cervical foraminotomy is performed for patients with a symptomatic cervical herniated disc with foraminal stenosis occurring at one or two levels of the spine. It is performed to remove the large, arthritic bone spurs and a portion of the herniated disc(s) compressing the spinal nerves.
A facet rhizotomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to address pain in the facet joints of the spine (found between the vertebrae on the back/posterior side of the spine). A rhizotomy uses electrodes to deaden the nerves at specifically identified sources of pain, thus stopping the transmission of pain signals to the brain.
Cervical laminoplasty is a surgical procedure on the vertebrae of the neck (cervical spine) to treat compression of the spinal cord or nerves caused by narrowing or degeneration. The procedure enlarges or reshapes the spinal canal by cutting out a section of each vertebra’s bony lamina, repositioning it as a wedge, and securing it with small metal plates.
Thoracic laminoplasty is a surgical procedure on the vertebrae of the upper/mid back (thoracic spine) to treat compression of the spinal cord or nerves caused by narrowing or degeneration. The procedure enlarges or reshapes the spinal canal by cutting out a section of each vertebra’s bony lamina, repositioning it as a wedge, and securing it with small metal plates.
A bronchoscopy allows for the close examination of the airways to treat, biopsy, and diagnose conditions of the lungs. The procedure involves inserting a thin tube through the mouth or nose, down the trachea, and into the airways, where the specialized scope can capture images and, if needed, collect tissue samples.
Small Bowel Enteroscopy
A small bowel enteroscopy is a specialized, inflatable (double-balloon) endoscopic procedure that can be used to diagnose and/or treat problems in the small bowel such as IBS, celiac disease, and gastrointestinal bleeding or tumors. The endoscope can be introduced orally or rectally.
Upper Gi Endoscopy (EGD)
An upper GI endoscopy (esophagogastroduodenoscopy, or EGD), is a procedure that uses an endoscope to look into the upper gastrointestinal tract. An EGD causes minimal discomfort and allows the doctor to closely examine the esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestine (or duodenum) for diagnostic and biopsy purposes.
Video Capsule Endoscopy
A video capsule endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure in which the patient swallows a tiny, wireless video camera contained in a battery-powered capsule to provide detailed imaging of the gastrointestinal tract and small intestine, which are difficult to access with a traditional endoscopy.
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, also called Coronary Angioplasty, Using Stents or a Catheter With a Balloon at Its Tip.
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) is a non-surgical procedure used to widen coronary arteries that have been blocked or narrowed. The procedure involves the use of a catheter to place a stent in the heart, opening the blood vessels and improving blood flow. PCI may be used for the relief of coronary heart disease symptoms or to reduce damage to the heart before or after a heart attack.
Thrombolytic Medication Given Through the Veins to Dissolve Blood Clots
Thrombolytic medication is given through the veins to dissolve blood clots. Unlike blood thinners, which just stop clots from growing, thrombolytics (or "clot busters") actually, and quickly, dissolve the clot. Thrombolytics are most commonly used in emergency, acute situations.
Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery
Advanced Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a small incision (usually no longer than half an inch) is made in the skin to access the abdomen. Robotic (or robot-assisted) surgery is often associated with advanced laparoscopy to enable more precision and flexibility than traditional surgical techniques.
Aortic Aneurysm Repair
The traditional and most common type of surgery for aortic aneurysms is open chest repair. It involves a major incision in the chest. General anesthesia is needed with this procedure. The aneurysm is removed and the section of aorta is replaced with an artificial graft made of material such as Dacron® or Teflon®. The surgery takes 3 to 6 hours, and the patient remains in the hospital for 5 to 8 days. It often takes a month to recover from open chest surgery and return to full activity.
A specially designed catheter with a tiny balloon is carefully guided through the artery to the blockage, then inflated to widen the opening and increase blood flow to the heart. A stent is often placed during the procedure, to keep the artery open after the balloon is deflated and removed.
A valvuloplasty, also known as balloon valvuloplasty or balloon valvotomy, is a procedure to repair a heart valve that has a narrowed opening. In a narrowed heart valve, the valve flaps (leaflets) may become thick or stiff and fuse together (stenosis). This reduces blood flow through the valve.
Bioprosthetic Valve Replacement
Bioprosthetic heart valves are most commonly either made of bovine (cow) or porcine (pig) tissue. Of course the main advantage of a bioprosthetic valve is that there is not typically the need for life long blood thinning medication and therefore a significantly lower risk of bleeding.
Breast surgery is an operation performed on the breasts, and may be done for medical or cosmetic reasons. Lumpectomy or mastectomy breast cancer surgeries are the most common medical procedures, while breast augmentations, lifts, reductions, and reconstructions (after cancer) are the most common cosmetic ones.
Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
Cardiovascular and thoracic (or cardiothoracic) treats conditions in the structures and organs of the chest, such as the heart, lungs, esophagus, diaphragm, and major blood vessels. Depending on individual factors, cardiothoracic surgery may be open or endoscopic.
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery or a Related Procedure.
Coronary artery bypass surgery (a.k.a., coronary artery bypass graft) and related procedures are treatments for coronary artery disease. A bypass surgery grafts healthy blood vessels around coronary artery blockages to redirect blood around the blockage and restore healthy blood flow to the heart.
Endocrine Surgery: Thyroid, Parathyroid, Adrenal, Pancreas
Endocrine surgery treats conditions of the pancreas and the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. The endocrine system produces the body’s hormones and regulates many of its functions. Endocrine disorders such as diabetes, adrenal cancer, and hyperthyroidism dysregulate core body functions, which endocrine surgery may correct.
Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)
An endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) surgery removes abnormal, precancerous, or early-stage cancer tissue from the lining (mucous) of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as the esophagus and colon. The procedure uses an endoscope tube and does not require an incision.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
An Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a gastroenterological procedure used to address problems in the pancreas, bile ducts, and the liver (such as gallstones or cancers). ERCP uses a combination of X-rays and an upper-GI endoscopy to see, diagnose, and treat problems without major surgery.
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty
Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is a weight loss procedure in which an endoscopist inserts a suturing device into the stomach through the throat. Sutures are then placed into the stomach to reduce its size. This procedure is often performed in place of a surgical sleeve gastrectomy, which requires surgery.
Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD)
An endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is a specialized surgical procedure to remove deep tumors from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as the stomach, colon, and esophagus, without removing the organ. It is a minimally invasive, outpatient surgery performed with an endoscope.
Eus (Endoscopic Ultrasound)
An endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a diagnostic procedure used to evaluate gastrointestinal and lung diseases (including cancers), as well as pancreatic tumors/cysts and bile duct stones. The minimally invasive test provides detailed information, and can also be used to biopsy or direct medication into a targeted area.
Feeding Tubes (NG / PEG / PEJ)
Feeding tubes ensure the body can receive sufficient nutrients when disease or injury prevents the body from receiving them through normal eating and drinking (e.g., due to the inability to swallow). PEG feeding tube goes directly to the stomach; PEJ feeding tube goes directly to the small intestine; and short-term NG tubes go down the nose into the stomach.
Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) is a surgery to treat gallstones. Performed either as open or laparoscopic, the procedure removes the gallbladder (a non-essential organ that stores bile), thus preventing the pain, infection, and inflammation associated with gallstones.
Gallbladder Surgery: Bile Ducts, Liver, Pancreas
Surgery on the liver and biliary system (the gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas) treats problems of the digestive system — such as pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, bile duct disorders, and gallstones — in order to restore healthy functioning to the system, which creates/stores bile, filters blood, removes waste, and control blood sugar.
Gastric Band Surgery
A surgical procedure (also known as Laparoscopic Gastric Banding) performed to support weight loss. The procedure involves placing an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach, limiting the amount of space available for food, and resulting in the patient feeling full after eating small portions.
Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
Heart valve repair can usually be done on congenital valve defects (defects you are born with) and has a good success record with treating mitral valve defects. Severe valve damage means the valve must be replaced and most often involves the aortic or mitral valve. It is also used to treat any valve disease that is life-threatening. Some patients may need more than one valve repaired or replaced.
Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a pump that is used for patients who have reached end-stage heart failure. The LVAD, a battery-operated, mechanical pump, is surgically implanted, which then helps the left ventricle) pump blood to the rest of the body.
Linx Reflux Management System
The LINX Reflux Management System is a device used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), placed with laparoscopic surgery. The LINX device is a small ring of magnetic titanium beads that is placed around the base of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is weak in those who suffer from GERD. The device keeps the sphincter closed, preventing reflux.
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
A significantly less invasive procedure than traditional open-heart surgery, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery involves one or more small incisions, which are usually made on the right side of the chest between the ribs to access the heart. This procedure often results in less pain and faster recovery for the patient.
Minimally Invasive Distal Pancreatectomy
A minimally-invasive distal pancreatectomy is a laparoscopic surgery to remove tumors from the body and/or tail of the pancreas. The spleen is frequently also removed, based on its location. The surgery leaves at least the head of the pancreas, which is generally sufficient for function.
Open and Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
Hernia repair surgery can be open or laparoscopic. Both use synthetic mesh and/or internal sutures to mend the hole in the abdominal or groin muscles. Both are highly effective. Laparoscopic hernia repair costs more and requires general anesthesia but generally causes less pain and scarring. Open hernia repair can be done with local anesthetic, but may have a longer recovery time and larger scar.
Open and Minimally Invasive Splenectomy
Splenectomy is spleen-removal surgery, often due to the organ rupturing or the presence of tumors. A minimally invasive (laparoscopic) splenectomy is most common, as it causes less pain and a shorter hospital stay and recovery. However, an open splenectomy may be necessary if the spleen is particularly large/swollen or there is scar tissue present in the spleen.
Peripheral stents are often implanted in conjunction with balloon angioplasty. Peripheral stent implants help hold open an artery so that blood can flow through the blocked or clogged artery., The stent—a small, lattice-shaped wire mesh tube, props open the artery and remains permanently in place.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses an electrical current to remove specific tissue for a variety of concerns, such as treating tumors and managing pain. For pain management, radiofrequency ablation stops nerve tissue from transmitting pain signals, offering relief for chronic back and arthritic pain.
Skin and Soft Tissue Repairs
Skin and soft tissue repair are essential parts of wound healing. After the bleeding stage, open, closed, and torn soft-tissue injuries heal through an inflammatory phrase, proliferative phase, and remodeling phase. Healing can take up to a year, and chronic or non-healing wounds may require additional intervention.
Surgical Shunts for Portal Hypertension
Surgical shunts for portal hypertension (high blood pressure at the liver) manage the condition with a small metal coil (stent) that is implanted with X-ray imaging guidance in the portal vein to the liver, holding it open to keep a clear channel for blood flow and reduce blood pressure.
Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR)
A minimally invasive procedure for patients with mitral valve regurgitation (a condition where the mitral valve is not functioning properly). Unlike traditional open-heart surgery, TMVR does not require surgical opening of the chest. Instead, a catheter is inserted into a vein in the groin and up to the heart. The catheter is used to implant a small device that tightens the mitral valve to reduce the effects of mitral regurgitation.
A lung transplant is a surgery to replace a person’s failing or diseased lung(s) with the healthy lung(s) of an organ donor. Lung transplantation is generally performed in cases of advanced lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension.
Upper Digestive Tract: Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestines
The upper digestive tract consists of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine (duodenum), and is where digestion begins, preparing food for nutrient extraction and distribution. Common issues with the upper digestive tract include heartburn, acid reflux, upset stomach, and problems swallowing.
Whipple Procedure (Minimally Invasive Pancreatoduodenectomy)
The Whipple procedure (or minimally invasive pancreaticoduodenectomy) is a common surgery to treat pancreatic cancer. The procedure removes the head of the pancreas (where most pancreatic cancer occurs) as well as the duodenum, bile duct, and, in some instances, part of the stomach.
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