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Dedication to Excellence in Surgical Care

Our surgical experts comprise many specialties and backgrounds, but they share the same commitment to compassionate, individualized care. Any surgery - even a relatively standard diagnostic procedure such as a colonoscopy - can be stressful. Trust is essential - in the skill and expertise of the surgeons, in the training and care of the surgical team, and in the quality of the technology and facility where the procedure occurs.

At BHS our team of board certified surgeons is committed to providing the highest level of surgical care for our patients. Our surgeons perform a variety of surgical procedures, and are trained on the latest treatments and surgical solutions. Our highly trained staff of surgical techs, nurses, certified registered nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists directly support the surgeons.

Thinking About Surgery?

Many conditions are best treated by surgery, but it is best to know all your options. Discuss any questions and concerns you may have-no matter how small-with your doctor. Be sure that you thoroughly understand the recommended procedure and why your doctor believes it is the right course of treatment for you. Never hesitate to get a second opinion from another surgeon if you are unsure about your options. The more informed you are, the more likely you are to be satisfied with the results of your treatment.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgical techniques are offered as an alternative to traditional open surgery for a broad range of procedures. Open cuts into the body, as required by traditional surgery, carry risks such as infection, bleeding, and blood clots. Using minimally invasive techniques, surgeons are able to perform advanced surgeries through much small incisions-some of which only require a single stich to close. Others allow procedures to occur through natural body openings. In most cases, these techniques involve use of small tubes called endoscopes, which often have miniature cameras built-in to direct the surgeon as he/she works.

Surgery and Aging

While age can be a factor to take into account when considering surgery, there is no reason for age alone to prevent you from getting a needed operation. Every year, millions of older Americans undergo surgery, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA). If your heart and lungs are functioning well and you are in good overall health, you have a high chance of a successful outcome. Ask your doctor to discuss age - related risks specific to you, and be sure to ask any questions you need answered in order to weigh the positives of surgery against any possible negatives. It is also important to tell your doctor about any medications you may be using-including prescription, over-the-counter, and alternative medicines. Positive lifestyle changes can help you prepare for a successful outcome to surgery.

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