Surgical treatment in Virginia

At HCA Virginia, our hospitals have advanced surgical technology, renovated operating rooms and board-certified surgeons in a variety of medical specialties. At each facility, your surgical team's goal is the same as yours—to restore you quality of life as quickly as possible. To do this, we offer minimally invasive surgical treatments, personalized care and postoperative rehabilitation services.

For more information about our primary care services or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line.

Our approach to surgical care

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 will be one of our board-certified surgeons, not a resident or student.

Our surgeons are trained to use advanced surgical technology, including minimally invasive techniques, for a wide range of procedures. After surgery, our patient-focused care, combined with our extensive network of facilities, gives you access to the integrated care and comprehensive rehabilitation services you need.

Our specialty surgical services

HCA Virginia hospitals offer a wide range of inpatient (admission to the hospital overnight) and outpatient (same-day) surgical specialties, including:

  • General surgery
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery

We also provide in-depth surgical programs for:

Bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery refers to a variety of procedures designed to help you achieve and sustain long-term weight loss. Our bariatric surgeons can use minimally invasive techniques to perform several weight loss procedures. Your bariatric surgeon will help determine if you quality for bariatric surgery and which procedure may be the most effective in helping you achieve your health goals.

Gastrointestinal (GI) surgery

Our GI surgical services include minimally invasive GI surgery to treat gastresophageal reflux disease (GERD), colorectal cancer and other digestive health conditions.

Gynecologic surgery

Gynecologic surgery may be an effective treatment options for gynecologic cancer, pelvic organ prolapse and other conditions affecting the female pelvic area. Often, we are able to perform gynecologic procedures with minimally invasive surgical technology.

Heart and vascular surgery

Chippenham Hospital and Henrico Doctors' Hospital offer comprehensive heart and vascular surgery programs. Our cardiovascular surgeons are trained in a variety of surgical treatments, including interventional cardiology and complex cardiac surgery.

Lung and thoracic surgery

Lung and thoracic surgery may be necessary to identify the stage of lung cancer, examine the chest cavity or remove a lung nodule, among other reasons. In many cases, our pulmonary specialists are able to use minimally invasive techniques.

Neurosurgery

Our neurosurgeons deliver effective neurosurgical care for conditions of the brain and central nervous system. They also collaborate with our orthopedic surgeons for spine surgery. Whether performing brain surgery or repairing a spinal cord injury, we use advanced technology to enhance surgical planning, imaging and navigation.

Orthopedic surgery

Our orthopedic surgery programs provide comprehensive care for all types of musculoskeletal diseases, disorders and injuries. Many of our hospitals also offer joint replacement programs complete with preoperative education classes.

Spine surgery

Injuries and disorders of the spine require highly specialized care, and that is what you will find at our hospitals. Our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons deliver high-quality spine care for even some of the most complex cases.

We use innovative minimally invasive technology, which allows your surgeon to operate through small incisions with improved surgical planning and vision.

Urologic surgery

When urologic surgery is necessary, such as to treat prostate cancer, we are often able to use minimally invasive techniques. Our surgeons also use technology which allows them to operate with extreme precision in delicate areas, such as those within the urinary system.

Virginia Transplant Center

At Virginia Transplant Center at Henrico Doctors' Hospital, our kidney surgeons and clinicians specialize in kidney transplant surgery, living kidney donations and paired exchange kidney transplants. Our transplant referral patients average 90 days from referral to listing, which becomes lifesaving time for patients and families.

HCA Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery

HCA Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery is made up of 10 advanced surgery facilities across Virginia. Combined, we have performed more robot-assisted procedures than any other healthcare system in Virginia.

Robotic surgery allows us to offer minimally invasive surgical procedures so our patients can quickly get back to their normal activities. Our surgeons continuously collaborate on emerging technologies and techniques to deliver enhanced surgical experiences that reduce hospital stays and lessen recovery times.

We provide robotic surgery options for:

  • Cardiac surgery
  • GI surgery
  • General surgery
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Urologic surgery

Preparing for your surgical procedure

Below, you will find some general information to help you prepare for surgery and learn what to expect after surgery. Your surgeon and care team will provide more instructions and guidelines for your specific procedure. However, please do not hesitate to ask questions about preparing for your surgery or postoperative care.

Before your surgery

Follow these general guidelines to prepare for your surgery unless you are directed otherwise:

  • Talk to your doctor if you are on blood thinners.
  • Stop eating and drinking the night before your surgery. This includes gum and throat lozenges. You may brush your teeth on the morning of your procedure, but do not swallow any water.
  • Take your prescribed medications, as discussed with your physician, with just enough water to swallow them.
  • Do not smoke after midnight.
  • Bathe or shower prior to your procedure.
  • Do not apply makeup or lotion the day of surgery.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, and remove all jewelry and body piercings before coming to the hospital.
  • Leave valuables, credit cards and money at home.
  • Bring containers for eyeglasses, dentures or hearing aids.
  • If you experience a change in your health, such as a cold, cough or fever, within 24 hours of your scheduled surgery, contact your physician immediately.
  • Make plans for someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery.

After your surgery

Below is general information for what to expect after your surgery:

  • Your physician will talk with your designated caregivers about your procedure.
  • Depending on the use of anesthesia during your procedure, you may be taken to a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) where your blood pressure will be continuously monitored as you recover.
  • As your anesthesia wears off, sounds may seem louder than normal, and you may experience blurred vision, dry mouth or chills. While these are usually normal responses, tell your nurse how you are affected.
  • If you are experiencing pain, inform your nurse so they can provide appropriate pain management solutions.
  • Your care team will determine when it is appropriate for you to return home (if you had outpatient surgery) or be moved to a postoperative room to continue your recovery.
  • Before you are discharged, you will receive written instructions about caring for yourself at home, information on who to call with questions about your recovery and a time and date for your follow-up appointment.