When you have a surgical case that goes beyond the scope of your practice, count on the surgical programs at Carolinas HealthCare System. Representing one of the most sought-after surgical departments in the region, our board-certified surgeons use a coordinated, team-based approach and the most innovative surgical techniques to achieve best-in-class results.

With particular expertise in advanced hernia repair, GI/colorectal surgery and hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) surgery, we offer comprehensive care from initial risk assessment through follow-up. All along the way, we consult with referring physicians to make transitioning patients back as seamless as possible.

Experience with Surgical Complexity

Performing more than 15,000 surgeries and procedures each year, our nationally recognized experts have a track record of successfully managing some of the most challenging conditions using the latest surgical techniques.

  • We’re the only surgery department in the region to perform robotic and minimally invasive liver and pancreas surgery and abdominal wall reconstruction.
  • The Division of HPB Surgery performed 130 surgical resections for pancreatic cancer (open, laparoscopic and robotic) in 2015. The American College of Surgeons considers five to 10 per year to be a high volume.
  • We are one of the three highest-volume centers in the nation for robotic HPB surgery.
  • In July 2016, the Division of HPB Surgery was designated the first U.S. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Center of Excellence.
  • In 2013, the Division of HPB Surgery became one of the few U.S. institutions to perform IRE (irreversible electroporation) for locally advanced pancreatic cancer. Additionally, we’re one of only two health systems that perform IRE for tumor ablation – and we recently received a grant to build the next-generation IRE device.

Expertise in Additional Types of Surgery

  • Abdominal
  • Bariatric
  • Breast
  • General surgery
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Transplant
  • Trauma and critical care
  • Urogynecology
  • Urology

Translating Research into Better Surgical Care

Our surgical research provides extensive value, the impact of which reaches beyond Carolinas HeathCare System. Many of our advances have been adopted by other acute care facilities and departments of surgery. In addition, our clinical trials unit provides access to the most innovative therapies available for your patients.

  • Our pioneering research has helped Carolinas Hernia Institute, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, earn 54 regional, national and international research awards, including the American Hernia Society Research Award for 10 consecutive years.
  • Carolinas Hernia Institute physicians have published more than 350 peer-reviewed articles.
  • Our hernia-related research has led to the development of two patient-focused mobile hernia applications for predicting patient quality-of-life outcomes as well as the impact of wound-related complications.
  • Our HPB team has collectively published more than 300 medical manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.

Addressing the Whole Patient Journey

Pre- and post-surgery, we take a collaborative approach to achieving better patient outcomes. By looking closer at patient data, our teams can streamline pre-operative care so that we can eliminate unnecessary testing, imaging and labs, provide a better patient experience, and decrease overall cost of care. We offer:

  • An enhanced recovery unit for surgery patients that employs evidence-based post-operative management
  • Customized Value in Preparation (VIP) program for hernia patients, which promotes healthy lifestyles to reduce post-operative complications
  • The nation’s only Center for Excellence for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for HPB

To refer a patient, call our physician connection line at 704-512-7878. Whether your patient needs to go to Carolinas Medical Center, another Carolinas HealthCare System hospital or one of our many outpatient locations, we’ll make sure your patient connects with the right surgeon.

 

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