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If You Need Surgery, Think Local

Special to the Journal by James Metcalf, MD

 

The decision to have surgery is often a complex process involving a number of factors and can be quite stressful. In addition to the medical indications you discuss with your surgeon, there are often other factors such as timing, work schedules, and the location where you feel confident in having your procedure.

As a surgeon these questions are often raised with me before surgery. I would like to share my thoughts regarding why I feel a majority of the time staying locally for your procedure can be beneficial.

Cayuga Medical Center is nearing completion of its newly expanded, multimillion-dollar Department of Surgical Services. We are now operating in brand new surgical suites, which offer state-of-the-art surgical, anesthesia, and imaging technology. New surgical video equipment enables multiple specialties to perform minimally invasive endoscopic procedures and microsurgery, as well as more traditional surgeries. The entire renovation will result in improved preoperative as well and postoperative areas.

The surgeons on staff at Cayuga Medical Center are all board certified, meaning they have met a rigorous set of credentials established by their peers to maintain a high competency level. Unlike a number of facilities, all surgical cases here are done by board certified anesthesiologists, as well. Physician board certification has been shown to be a major safety indicator.

As important as we surgeons like to think we are, equally important are the nurses, surgical technologists, and support staff who really do most of the work. At Cayuga Medical Center we are fortunate to have a very stable nursing staff throughout the surgery process. Many of them have worked here for many years and use their experience to help train the next generation of caregivers. The surgical technologists and support staff are all committed to providing a quality surgical environment.

Following your procedure you go to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) where the staff is excellent in the care of post-anesthetic patients. A number of patients will be discharged from the PACU on the day of their procedure. However, if you are admitted you will typically go to the Short Stay Unit on the third floor, which is the primary surgical floor. The staff there is equally experienced and they administer quality pain management and postoperative care. Should you have a more sophisticated procedure or a problem requiring specialized care, our Intensive Care Unit is staffed by full-time intensivists and a highly trained nursing staff.

We provide a complete line of elective and, if needed, emergent surgical care at Cayuga Medical Center. Orthopedists routinely perform the latest arthroscopic techniques, as well as total joint replacements. Neurosurgeons do neck and back surgery, as well as care for problems within the brain. General surgeons utilize the latest laparoscopic techniques for both general and bariatric procedures. The Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeons provide an array of care for both children and adults to include advanced surgery for head and neck cancers. Plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial procedures, gynecologic and urologic procedures are all routinely performed. A number of ophthalmologic, gastroenterology, and podiatric procedures are performed at Surgicare on Brentwood Drive.

One advantage we provide is a local connection if you have problems following your surgery. All patients have questions inevitably after surgery and it is usually easier to have them resolved if you have a local provider familiar with your case.

As a neurosurgeon, I sometimes see problems that are beyond the scope of what we provide at the community hospital level. Our relationship with the highly regarded University of Rochester Neuroscience Program, allows me to get a patient rapidly plugged into their system. It has been my experience here that the surgical staff is very open to referring their patients to a facility offering a higher level of care whenever necessary. Most specialties have longstanding relationships with their peers at larger centers throughout the region.

I encourage you to consider Cayuga Medical Center as a surgical option. Most of all, ask lots of questions and have a clear understanding of the surgery you are about to undergo. Confidence in your surgeon and the team who will back him or her up is paramount to your piece of mind.

 

Dr. Metcalf is board-certified in neurosurgery. He serves on the medical staffs of Cayuga Medical Center and the University of Rochester Medical Center. He can be reached at Progressive Neurosurgery of Cayuga Medical Associates at (607) 269-0033.

 

 

 

 

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