A safe place to receive care
We recognize that these are uncertain times and you may have concerns about surgery. As always, the health and safety of our patients, caregivers and communities is our top priority. Vital healthcare procedures, including those unrelated to COVID-19, should not be ignored at this time. We put together a series of responses to several frequently asked questions regarding upcoming surgery procedures.
Skilled surgeons in Tamarac, Florida
The surgeons at University Hospital and Medical Center are experts in treating numerous medical conditions. Whether you are seeking elective surgery or are in need of emergency surgery, you can be assured that our board-certified surgeons can perform the necessary procedures to maximize your health.
To request a surgical consultation, a physician referral or more information about surgery at University Hospital and Medical Center, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (954) 724-6342.
Our surgical team at University Hospital and Medical Center is dedicated to offering you the most effective treatment in a patient-centered setting. We understand that surgery is a big decision and provide a wide range of surgical specialties to suit your individual needs.
Our surgeons use advanced technology to give high-quality care to our patients. We offer a variety of surgical services, including:
- Urologic surgery
- General surgery
- Gynecologic surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Pain management surgery
- Podiatric surgery
- Thoracic surgery
- Vascular surgery
- Plastic surgery
- Spine surgery
Scheduled procedures are performed from Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm Emergency procedures are performed as needed 24-hours a day.
Colon and rectal surgery
The colon and rectal surgeons at University Hospital and Medical Center are dedicated to providing an advanced level of care for adult patients with colon and rectal disease.
We focus on the development of innovative techniques, so that we always offer you the most advanced treatments available. When possible, we use minimally invasive techniques to ensure the shortest recovery time for our patients.
Our surgeons specialize in procedures for the following:
- Colon cancer
- Anal fissures
- Fecal incontinence
- Colon polyps
- Crohn's disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Ostomy care
- Rectal bleeding and prolapse
The gynecologic surgery team at University Hospital and Medical center partners with other specialists who offer women's care services to ensure gynecologic health in women.
When necessary, we provide advanced surgery options for patients who are experiencing a wide range of gynecologic conditions—including cervical cancer and ovarian cysts.
What is robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery is changing the way our surgeons approach surgical care. Robot-assisted surgery allows the surgeon to perform a procedure through only a small incision, using a small video camera and thin instruments. The surgeon controls the robotic arms from an operating console, just feet away from the patient.
With this state-of-the-art technology, the surgeon can then view the procedure through a video monitor that provides a magnified view of the surgical site, giving surgeons increased precision. Most robot-assisted procedures are completed under general anesthesia and result in less recovery time for patients.
Advantages of robotic surgery
Robotic surgery offers patients a number of benefits when compared to traditional surgery methods. Surgeons are able to use this highly precise form of surgery to treat a diverse range of complex conditions.
For patients this often means less:
- Time in the hospital
- Risk of infection
- Blood loss
Robot-assisted procedures we perform
When possible, our surgeons perform a variety of procedures using robotic technology, such as:
- Abdominal surgery
- Colorectal surgery
- General surgery
- Gynecologic surgery
By specializing in these key focus areas, we are able to deliver better clinical outcomes in many cases.
When possible, we recommend patients get to know their surgeons to feel comfortable with the person who will be performing the procedure. Doing this also gives our surgeons the opportunity to get to know each of our patients on a more personal level, to provide the highest level of care.
Although preoperative surgery directions will vary by procedure, there are common instructions patients may encounter, such as:
- Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery
- Get a good night's rest before your appointment
- Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home approximately two to four hours after your surgery
- Do not smoke after arriving at the hospital
- Ensure you have a signed consent form for surgery
- Notify your surgeon of any changes in your physical condition
- Leave earrings, jewelry and valuables at home
In addition to providing preoperative instructions, your physician may also order preoperative testing to determine the best plan for surgery. This may include routine blood tests, electrocardiography (EKG) or X-ray tests, as well as a visit with an anesthesiologist.
Preoperative testing will normally be scheduled a few days prior to surgery. All laboratory blood tests must be completed within 14 days prior to your surgery, while chest X-rays and EKGs are valid up to 30 days prior to your surgery.
After surgery, you may go to the recovery room, located in the surgical suite. The length of your stay in the recovery room varies, depending on the type of surgery. Your family will be able to visit once you leave the recovery room and move to the outpatient surgery area.
Patients will be provided with surgery-specific and general postoperative care instructions, which may include:
- Patients should spend their first night after surgery within one hour's drive of the hospital.
- Every patient must be accompanied by a responsible adult upon discharge.
- The responsible adult should be aware of all patient instructions.
- Surgery, specifically general anesthesia, can leave patients feeling very tired, with a loss of appetite. We suggest that patients resume food intake slowly, beginning when they feel hungry.
- Patients should not take any medications unless specifically prescribed or discussed with their physician.