Surgical services in Richmond, Virginia

The innovative, experienced surgeons and clinical staff at Chippenham Hospital deliver excellent surgical care. We use advanced medical technologies to offer a wide range of inpatient and outpatient procedures, including minimally invasive surgical treatments.

For more information about Chippenham Hospital's surgical services or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at (804) 320-3627 (DOCS).

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Our surgical care program

Our surgical care team includes highly trained physicians, anesthesiologists, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Our goal is to heal your condition, shorten your recovery time, lessen your pain after surgery and get you back to your daily activities as quickly as possible.

At our hospital, our patient-focused surgical program offers:

  • Access to postoperative physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Minimally invasive surgical approaches to reduce pain and scarring and encourage faster recoveries
  • Skilled, board-certified surgeons trained at some of the nation's top medical schools
  • Surgical suites equipped with innovative surgical technology

Comprehensive surgical services

Our surgical services include:

Bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, refers to surgical procedures designed to help you lose weight. They are typically an option only after medical weight loss programs have not resulted in sustained weight loss.

We are proud to offer our patients access to minimally invasive weight loss procedures, such as laparoscopic and robotic bariatric surgeries. Because minimally invasive techniques require small incisions, our patients typically experience less postoperative pain and faster recoveries.

Gastrointestinal, colon and rectal (colorectal) surgery

We offer endoscopy services for the diagnosis and/or treatment of various medical conditions. For this, we have dedicated endoscopy suites, which are separate from our traditional operating rooms. Our endoscopy suites are used to perform procedures such as bronchial thermoplasty, cancer staging and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS).

If surgery is necessary, the gastroenterology program at our sister facility Johnston-Willis Hospital, provides advanced GI surgery.

General surgery

Our general surgeons perform procedures to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Abdominal wall conditions, such as inguinal hernia and ventral hernia
  • Breast diseases, including cancerous and noncancerous conditions
  • Colon diseases, including colon cancer and diverticulitis
  • Gallbladder and liver diseases
  • Pancreatic diseases, including cancerous and noncancerous conditions
  • Spleen diseases
  • Stomach and appendix diseases

Heart and vascular surgery

Chippenham Hospital was the first dedicated heart hospital in Virginia and continues that tradition of innovative heart care today. With many heart and vascular surgery options to repair all types of cardiovascular conditions, we stand ready to help get you back to your daily life as soon as possible.


From aneurysms to brain tumors, our neurological program offers treatment for a variety of brain, spine and nervous system conditions. Our neurosurgeons have extensive experience in surgical care and use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.

Orthopedic surgery

The surgeons in our orthopedic program use advanced surgical techniques to treat injuries and diseases of the bones, joints, muscles and connective tissues. In fact, we were the first hospital in the U.S. to use a special robot-assisted platform for total knee replacement surgery. The procedure is powered by the surgeon-controlled robotic arm system and uses real-time mapping data to form a personalized surgical plan.

Spine surgery

Chippenham Hospital is unique compared to other area hospitals because we are known throughout central Virginia for providing exceptional spine care. Our spine surgeons take on some of the most complex surgical spine cases with the goal of returning you to your daily activities as quickly as possible.

Trauma surgery

As a Level I Trauma Center, we provide advanced medical and surgical care for patients with life-threatening injuries. Our trauma surgeons are prepared 24/7 to perform lifesaving trauma surgery.

Other surgical specialties

As part of our complete surgical offerings, we also provide:

Robotic surgery

Our surgeons have undergone specialized and intensive training to use our robot-assisted surgical platforms. Additionally, our highly experienced anesthesiologists, nurses, assistants and surgical technicians are also trained to support those surgeons during robotic surgery.

During a robot-assisted procedure, your surgeon controls the platform's robotic arms. This enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision,precision, dexterity and control compared to the human hand.

Types of robotic surgery we offer

Our surgeons use robot-assisted surgery for procedures across numerous specialties, including:

  • General surgery
    • Colorectal surgery
      • Colon resection for benign and malignant conditions
    • Hernia surgeries
      • Complex abdominal wall reconstruction (transversus abdominis release)
      • Flank hernia
      • Hiatal hernia
      • Inguinal hernia (primary or recurrent)
      • Ventral/incisional hernia (primary or recurrent)
    • Foregut surgeries
      • Anti-reflux surgery
      • Heller myotomy
      • Gastric surgery for benign and malignant conditions
      • Cholecystectomy
    • Solid organ surgery
      • Adrenalectomy
      • Pancreatectomy
      • Splenectomy
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
    • Knee replacement surgery
  • Urologic surgery
    • Nephrectomy
    • Prostatectomy
  • Thoracic surgery

In some cases, we may be able to perform single-site robotic surgery, which means only one incision is necessary. Your surgeon will discuss with you if your procedure qualifies for single-site surgery.

Benefits of robotic surgery

If your surgeon has recommended you for robotic surgery, potential benefits include:

  • A faster recovery
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Less postoperative pain, which reduces the need for narcotic pain medicine
  • Smaller incisions with minimal scarring

Breast Surgery

Chippenham’s breast surgery program and Richmond Breast Center specializes in surgically treating, when appropriate:

  • Malignant and benign diseases of the breast
  • Calcifications
  • Lesions
  • Masses
  • Lumps
  • Mastectomies
  • Lumpectomies
  • Nipple-sparing mastectomies

Burn and Wound Surgery

As a provisional level I burn center, Chippenham Hospital has specially-trained burn and wound surgeons on site in the event surgery is needed for:

  • Chemical burns
  • Electrical burns
  • Friction burns and road rash
  • Frostbite
  • Inhalation
  • Radiation
  • Thermal burns

Surgery at HCA Virginia

Surgery is a branch of medicine that involves treating diseases or injuries by adjusting or removing organs, tissues or bones. Surgery includes both necessary procedures like cardiac surgery, or elective procedures such as joint replacement.

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