When you or a loved one needs surgery, knowing you are in skilled can make all the difference. HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest’s surgical teams offer extensive experience and expertise and are focused on providing clear communication about your options, preparation and recovery.
We offer a wide range of surgical services, including:
- Plastic surgery
- Weight loss (bariatric)
HCA Houston Northwest is proud to offer robot-assisted surgery. Computer-assisted technology is used to perform surgical procedures.
Rather than operating on patients through large incisions, surgeons use miniaturized surgical instruments that fit through a series of small incisions to reduce scarring and recovery time.
From a state-of-the art computer console, a surgeon has a microscopic view of the surgical area through tiny cameras. These cameras can magnify the organs and other structures inside the body by 10x (most laparoscopic surgeries provide doctors with 4x magnification).
Looking through the camera, the surgeon is able to make precise, dime-size incisions and guide the robotic arms with attached instruments through the incisions to the surgical area. The movement of the surgeon's fingers is transmitted (via the computer console) to the instrument tips on the other robotic arms, mimicking the movements of the surgeon's hands and wrists. This gives the doctor an ambidextrous capability and great surgical precision.
As with traditional surgery, the operating team includes an assistant surgeon, anesthesiologist and operating room nurse.
Robotic surgery offers several benefits for patients:
- Faster recovery and return to normal daily living activities
- Less blood loss, which results in fewer transfusions
- Less pain post-surgery
- Reduced scarring
- Shorter hospital stay post-surgery
- Lower risk of infection
Cardiac and heart procedures
As a part of our advanced cardiovascular services, we offer a range of heart and vascular surgeries, including:
- Artificial heart valve surgery
- Bypass surgery
- Minimally invasive heart surgery
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Stent procedure
Gynecologic surgery is one of the specialties where robot-assisted surgery can make a huge difference. We are able to treat myomectomy, hysterectomy and pelvic prolapse all using the da Vinci® Surgical System. In some cases, robot-assisted gynecologic procedures allow us to preserve the uterus when it would not be possible with more traditional procedures.
Brain and neurological surgery
Our comprehensive neurological care extends to providing a range of surgical options. We offer the following procedures:
- Cerebral aneurysm repair
- Cerebral angiography
- Cervical/spinal fusion
- Craniotomy and discectomy
- Disc replacement
- Epistaxis treatment via embolization
- Intra-arterial t-PA and mechanical thrombectomy for acute stroke
- Lumbar decompression surgery
- Peripheral nerve surgery
- Pituitary/brain tumor resection
- Preoperative embolization of
- Skull base surgery
- Spinal vascular malformation treatment
- Stenting and angioplasty