Bay Pines offers a wide range of surgical services from minor day surgery procedures to complex procedures involving specialized high-tech equipment. We have several "ORs" (operating rooms) at Bay Pines where we conduct procedures. Patients who need to stay overnight following their surgery are admitted to our Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) or General Surgical Ward and followed by their healthcare team. We also conduct many different day surgery procedures where patients report in the morning, have their surgery, and go home in the afternoon. Bay Pines is currently constructing a brand new Ambulatory Surgery Center which is expected to open in 2012. Our Lee County and Sarasota Clinics also conduct limited day surgery procedures.
Just some of the types of surgeries we are capable of include: Bariatric Surgery; General Ophthalmologic, Glaucoma & Medical Retina Laser Procedures; General Surgery including laparoscopy; Gynecological Surgery; Orthopedic Surgery including navigated total joint repair and replacement; Otolaryngology Surgery; Peripheral Vascular Surgery; Plastic Surgery; Podiatric Surgery; Thoracic Surgery; and Urological Surgery.
Ambulatory Surgery is our day surgery program. This is a comprehensive surgical program, providing a variety of procedures and interventions. Most veterans report to the Ambulatory Surgery Unit (ASU) early in the morning, are prepared for surgery, undergo their operation, receive immediate post-op care in the recovery room, then return to the ASU to prepare to go home the same day. Your primary care provider will consult the appropriate surgical specialty if there is an indication that ambulatory surgery may be required.
Bariatric Surgery is a specialty service offered at Bay Pines. The surgical procedure offered is the Roux En Y Gastric Bypass. We do not offer lap bands or gastric sleeve surgeries. Our bariatric team is inter-disciplinary comprised of surgeons, nurses, dieticians and mental health providers who work with patients in a structured program. Patients seeking bariatric surgery for treatment of obesity must complete a thorough screening process to ensure that this is the best treatment plan. Patients are referred from their Primary Care Provider.
General Surgery provides care for patients with surgical problems including diseases of the breast, gallbladder, pancreaticobiliary system, and gastrointestinal tract, as well as ventral, incisional, and inguinal hernias. General Surgery also includes surgical oncology, endocrine surgery, colorectal surgery, and advanced laparoscopy. A referral by primary care or by another specialty service is required.
We provide gynecological surgery to female Veterans, including hysterectomy, hysteroscopy and cervical cone biopsy. Patients are referred from their Primary Care Provider and seen by our GYN Surgical Team in the Women’s Clinic prior to surgery. We do not offer any obstetric care on our campus.
Our Orthopedic section manages and treats special problems of the many regions of the musculoskeletal system. Our orthopedic providers are skilled in the diagnosis of skeletal injuries and disorders; treatment of these disorders with medication, exercise, surgery or other options; rehabilitation by recommending exercises or physical therapy to restore movement, strength and function; and prevention by providing patients with information and treatment plans to prevent injury or slow the progression of musculoskeletal diseases. We offer ambulatory surgery and inpatient surgery when needed. Initial appointments with Orthopedic Surgery require a consultation request sent by a primary care or other VA health care provider.
Otolaryngology, commonly referred to as “ENT” (specialized care of the Ears, Nose and Throat) offers minor procedures, usually diagnostic in nature performed in an outpatient setting and major procedures performed in one of our main operating rooms. Typical procedures performed include tonsillectomy, thyroidectomy, and laryngectomies. Patients are referred from their Primary Care Provider.
Patients seeking an initial consultation regarding hearing loss, should request a consult to Audiology.
We provide surgical care related to the repair, reconstruction, or replacement of physical defects of form or function involving the skin, musculoskeletal system, cranio-maxillofacial structures (face), hand, extremities, as well as the breast and trunk. Typical procedures performed include removal of head and neck neoplasms, nasal surgery, breast reduction and reconstruction, removal and treatment of skin and soft tissue neoplasms, hand surgery including carpal tunnel, and wound care and reconstruction. We offer a nationally recognized wound care program that is highly involved in cutting-edge research of wound healing. Initial appointments for Plastic Surgery evaluation require a consultation request sent by a primary care or other health care provider.
This section treats diseases of the peripheral vascular system (arteries and veins) and offers a diagnostic laboratory, minimally invasive procedures and major operations depending on the patient’s needs. Common surgical procedures performed include insertion of permacaths and AV fistulas, limb amputations, carotid endartectomies, and fem-pop bypass. Initial appointments with Vascular Surgery require a consultation request sent by a primary care provider.
Treats Veterans with diseases of the heart, lungs and great vessels. Common procedures performed are: surgery for benign and malignant lung disease, surgery of benign and malignant lung disease, and surgery of benign and malignant esophageal disease. Veterans requiring open heart/cardiac surgery are referred to the Tampa VA. Initial appointments with Thoracic require a consultation request sent by a primary care provider.