Emergency surgery is an operative procedure that must be performed to save the life of a patient. Unlike elective procedures and other surgical treatments, emergency surgeries may be performed at a moment’s notice, as waiting or scheduling surgery for a later date could put the patient’s well-being at stake. Our team of emergency surgeons are prepared to handle a wide range of urgent cases, whether trauma or illness-related.
Did you know that only a fraction of the surgeries performed in the U.S. are considered emergency surgeries? Of them, one of the most common is appendectomy, which is used in the treatment of acute appendicitis. On average, there are more than a quarter-million appendectomies performed in the U.S. every year – many of them using minimally invasive, laparoscopic techniques.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some of the conditions that constitute an emergency surgery?
There are many reasons a person might need emergency surgery. Some of them, such as appendicitis, may cause only minor symptoms at first that progress to more serious complications. In addition to appendicitis, some of the illnesses and conditions that may require immediate surgical intervention include cardiac events, aneurysms, diverticulitis, cholecystitis, strangulated hernia, bowel obstructions, poison events, and perforated ulcers. Traumatic injuries may also constitute an emergent surgery. Examples include gunshot wounds, stab wounds, and blunt force trauma.
What types of emergency surgeries do you perform?
Our team of emergency surgeons can perform a wide range of procedures. Our broad spectrum of knowledge in various medical specialties allows us to conduct a wide range of procedures, including appendectomy, gallbladder removal, and bowel resection, as well as open and laparoscopic surgical tissue repair.
What is the process for performing emergency surgery?
The process for performing an emergency surgery depends on the nature and severity of the trauma, condition or illness being treated. For example, who arrives by ambulance following a severe car accident may be rushed immediately into surgery – especially in cases where limited time plays a significant role in the ultimate outcome. Our goal is to first resuscitate and stabilize the patient before proceeding with additional treatment protocols.