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Henrico Doctors' Hospital
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Surgical Care

At Henrico Doctors' Hospital in Richmond, VA you can expect the latest advances in surgical and endoscopic technologies delivered by the best surgeons and specialists in the region. Our advanced surgical technology and treatments, including the Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery, are associated with better results, less pain and scarring, and quicker recovery times.

Reliable Expertise

All our surgeons have passed special board-certification exams and made voluntary commitments to continue training and testing throughout their careers. Although they share their knowledge by instructing other surgeons across the country, the surgeon performing your procedure at our hospital will be one of our board-certified surgeons, not a resident or student.

Surgical and Endoscopic Services

Our hospitals provide both robotic and advanced laparoscopic and minimally-invasive technologies for a wide range of surgical procedures, including heart and vascular, neurological and gynecological conditions, bariatric (weight loss), plastic and reconstructive and transplants. After surgery, our patient-focused care combined with our extensive hospital network means you have access to the integrated care and rehabilitation services you need.

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that lets your gastrointestinal specialist look inside your body using an instrument called an endoscope, or scope, with a fiber-optic camera attached. We offer endoscopic procedures, such as colonoscopy and bronchoscopy, as a safe and effective way to screen for diseases, obtain tissue samples and treat many conditions of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, bile duct and pancreas.

Our surgical and endoscopic services include:

  • 24/7 on-site anesthesia coverage
  • 18 operating rooms
  • Full range of surgical services
  • Intraoperative MRI
  • Minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgical program
  • daVinci robotic surgical program
  • Outpatient surgery center

Before Surgery

Follow these general guidelines in preparing for your surgery, unless your surgeon or doctor directs you otherwise:

  • Stop eating and drinking at midnight the night before your surgery
  • Take your prescribed heart, blood pressure, asthma, thyroid, seizure or pain medications, as discussed with your doctor, with just enough water to swallow them
  • Talk to your doctor if you are on blood thinners
  • Stop insulin the day of your surgery
  • Bathe or shower prior to your procedure and don’t apply make-up or lotions
  • Wear comfortable clothing and remove all jewelry (including body piercings)
  • Leave valuables, credit cards and money at home
  • Bring containers for glasses, dentures or hearing aids, and place these items in their containers before entering the operating room
  • Pack a small bag with what you’ll need for an overnight stay, including pajamas, slippers and toiletries

After Surgery

Your doctor will talk with your designated caregivers about your procedure. Depending on the use of anesthetics during your procedure, you may be taken to a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) to continuously monitor your blood pressure. After you have begun recovery:

  • Let your nurse know about any symptoms you experience after your surgery, even if they seem normal, such as dry mouth or blurred vision
  • Your doctor or nurse will determine when it is appropriate for you to return home or be moved to a post-operative room to continue your recovery
  • Before you are discharged, you’ll be given written instructions on how to care for yourself at home and who to call with questions you may have during recovery

Don’t hesitate to ask a member of your surgical team if you have further questions about preparing for your surgery or postsurgical care. You may also check our online health library for information about what to expect before, during and after your specific medical procedure.