A safe place to receive care

We recognize that these are uncertain times and you may have concerns about surgery. As always, the health and safety of our patients, caregivers and communities is our top priority. Vital healthcare procedures, including those unrelated to COVID-19, should not be ignored at this time. We put together a series of responses to several frequently asked questions regarding upcoming surgery procedures.

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Surgical care in Port St. Lucie

At St. Lucie Medical Center, we offer a range of advanced surgical treatments for patients in St. Lucie and the surrounding counties. Our facility provides state-of-the-art equipment and technology, anesthesia services and the latest surgical techniques and procedures. Our compassionate surgeons and surgical staff are with you every step of the way to ease anxieties and provide complete education before and after surgery.

To learn more about our surgical specialties, please contact our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (772) 742-9060.

Patient safety and comfort are our top priorities. We offer warming gowns, which offer a calming touch while working to prevent surgical complications. Our facility has also earned Healthgrades' Patient Safety Excellence Award for both 2018 and 2019.

Surgical specialties

At St. Lucie Medical Center, we provide advanced surgical treatment options in a wide range of specialty areas, including:

  • Ear, nose and throat surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • General surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic/spine surgery
  • Podiatric (foot and ankle) surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Urologic surgery

We have an on-site Endoscopy suite where we perform a number of gastrointestinal procedures, including colonoscopies and upper endoscopies.

Endoscopic procedures

An endoscopy is a procedure that uses a surgical tool, called an endoscope, to look inside the body. This allows your doctor to view any abnormalities that may be present. Endoscopy is often used in combination with ultrasound imaging to obtain images of internal body structures. In certain types of endoscopies, samples may be taken, like a biopsy, for further investigation.

At St. Lucie Medical Center, we perform the following types of endoscopic procedures:

  • Upper endoscopy – This procedure allows your physician to view the upper portion of the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach and duodenum.
  • Lower endoscopy – This procedure allows your physician to view the lower portion of the gastrointestinal tract, including the colon, rectum and sigmoid colon.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) – In this procedure, endoscopy and ultrasound are combined to produce images of the internal organs.
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) – The procedures uses a bronchoscope, which is inserted through the mouth, to diagnose lung conditions, such as infections or cancer, or as an assistive device in performing a biopsy.
  • Colonoscopy – This procedure offers an in-depth look at the large intestine and rectum to evaluate for abnormalities, such as polyps. The endoscope can be used to remove abnormal tissues if they are found.

We also perform the following GI procedures in our Endoscopy suite: endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), enteroscopy and capsule endoscopy.

General surgery

General surgery is a specialty that deals with the surgical treatment of conditions affecting the abdomen and parts of the gastrointestinal tract. We perform the following general surgery procedures:

  • Hernia repair
  • Gall bladder removal
  • Colon resection
  • Thyroid and parathyroid procedures
  • Breast surgery
  • Breast biopsy
  • Appendectomy
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Lymph node biopsy and surgery
  • Port placements
  • Spleen surgery
  • Hemorrhoid surgery
  • Hiatal hernia repair

Robotic surgical technology

Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive procedure that allows surgeons to use robotic-assisted technology to perform surgery. Your surgeon remains in control of the robotic equipment throughout the entire procedure. Robotic surgery offers a wide range of benefits compared to traditional surgical techniques, including smaller incisions, enhanced visualization and dexterity, a shorter recovery time and minimal blood loss.

Outpatient surgery

Outpatient surgical procedures are ideal for many patients, as they do not require an overnight hospital stay. This means you are able to recover with your loved ones by your side in the comfort of your own home.

Outpatient surgery also offers the benefit of reduced costs, as there is no need for an overnight stay or continued medical support.