Using advanced technology and exceptional medical expertise, the surgeons in St. Clair Hospital’s Surgical Services department perform a wide range of operative procedures in a number of specialties.

Some of these surgeries can be accomplished using minimally invasive techniques, resulting in quicker healing, less scarring and no delay in starting rehabilitation.

Board certified surgeons, along with other members of the surgical team – including registered nurses, surgical technologists, anesthesiologists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, perfusionists, sterile processing technicians and certified nursing assistants – all work together to ensure that every patient’s surgical treatment receives the utmost attention.

A Focus on Safety

St. Clair Hospital’s physicians and nurses are dedicated to making every patient’s surgery experience as safe as possible. While undergoing surgery involves certain risks, St. Clair’s staff members will take steps to reduce or prevent these risks, including:

  • To avoid infection, antibiotics will be given within 60 minutes prior to surgery
  • Physicians and nurses will use electronic clippers, instead of a razor, to remove hair at the site of surgery to prevent small cuts that can lead to infection.
  • Physicians and nurses will provide patients with approved medications and/or take other appropriate steps to reduce the risk of developing blood clots during surgery.
  • Members of the health care team will wash their hands before any examinations.
In addition to the above precautions, patients can also help to prevent surgical risks by following these steps:
  • Provide physicians with a list and dosage of all current medications – even over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin, vitamins or herbal supplements. Some medications and supplements might have to be temporarily discontinued.
  • Inform physicians of any other medical problems, including any allergies or health conditions, which could affect surgery or treatment.
  • Patients who smoke are at a higher risk of developing infections and are advised to talk to a health care professional about ways to quit prior to surgery.
  • Ask questions about surgery or care. Concerns should be shared with a member of the health care team.

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St. Clair Hospital’s Specialized Surgeons

St. Clair Hospital’s Surgical Services department includes more than 150 board-certified surgeons, providing a variety of surgical specialties.