Surgical care

    Our approach to surgical care

    Our highly skilled team of surgeons provide a wide array of surgical options, including plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, general surgery, surgical oncology, vascular surgery, urologic surgery, burn and wound surgery, gynecologic surgery, heart and lung surgery, neurosurgery and more. We perform routine surgeries, like gallbladder removal surgery, as well as advanced procedures, including hand transplants and facial reanimation surgery. 

    We specialize in providing minimally invasive procedures, often through the use of the da Vinci surgical system, a state-of-the-art robotic system. Smaller incision sites allow you to heal more quickly, with less pain and scarring and with a lower risk of infection. Our surgeons work closely with your primary care provider and other specialists to manage your pain and optimize your recovery.  


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