Surgeons in St. Petersburg, Florida

Important Information

What to expect when you arrive
for your surgery or procedure

At St. Petersburg General Hospital, our goal is to pursue the least invasive path to treat our patients' conditions. Our surgeons perform traditional and minimally invasive surgery and offer inpatient and outpatient procedures.

To learn more about our surgical services, contact our Consult-a-Nurse team at (888) 741-5122.

Our surgery center's specialties

We offer a wide range of surgical specialties, including:

Gallbladder surgery

Gallbladder disease can sometimes be treated with lifestyle changes and medication. However, when these treatment options do not ease symptoms, surgery may be required. When symptoms are severe, a doctor may perform a cholecystectomy to remove the gallbladder.

Gallbladder surgery is performed via minimally invasive manual laparoscopy and with robotic surgery.

Hernia repair

A hernia is a weak place in the abdominal wall. Organs, intestines or other tissues poke out through this weak place, creating a bulge. Symptoms of a hernia can be eased with lifestyle changes, but to restore function, surgery is required.

The Robotic Hernia Repair Center at St. Petersburg General Hospital combines a comprehensive approach for the treatment of hernias. Our skilled physicians use the latest technology to provide patients with the best surgical solutions possible.

Sometimes patients with hernias will require emergency surgery if the blood supply of the protruding tissue is interrupted. If this occurs, emergency surgery will ensure that the inside tissue doesn’t die as it expands out through the weakened abdominal wall.

Our surgical options

At St. Petersburg General Hospital, our surgeons are skilled in traditional open surgery as well as minimally invasive procedures, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

Traditional open surgery

Traditional open surgery involves a large incision. The incision has to be large enough for the surgeon to fit their hands and surgical instruments inside the body to repair the damaged or diseased area.

Minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopic and robotic surgery, are alternatives to traditional open surgery. These procedures are performed with special instruments.

Laparoscopic surgery

With laparoscopic surgery, a surgeon will make small incisions on the patient. The surgeon will use long, thin instruments and the aid of a camera called a laparoscope. A laparoscope is a long, fiber optic cable system, which allows the physician to view the area on a video screen during surgery.

Robotic surgery

Our robotic surgical technology allows our physicians to view the surgical site with 3D, high-definition vision. It also offers surgeons 10 times magnification and a panoramic view of the surgical field. Our surgeons control the robot, which duplicates the surgeon's hand movements using tiny instruments. Robotic technology allows a surgeon increased agility, precision and dexterity.

Benefits of minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive procedures can offer patients many benefits compared to traditional surgery, including:

  • Fast recovery
  • Low blood loss
  • Minimal pain
  • Minimal scarring
  • Short hospital stay

Preparing for surgery

Patients who are interested in surgery will go through a pre-testing appointment. The following will occur during the appointment:

  • A methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) screening test is performed to prevent the spread of infection.
  • A nurse confirms the patient's current list of medications.
  • A nurse obtains the patient's history and physical assessment.
  • The following diagnostic exams, if ordered and not previously completed, are performed: electrocardiogram (EKG), chest X-ray and blood test.
  • The patient is advised to stop all blood thinners as directed by their physician.
  • The patient may meet with their physical therapist, anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist.
  • The patient receives an identification armband to be worn and not removed until after they are discharged following surgery.
  • The patient signs a form stating that they consent to anesthesia and blood transfusion.

The day of surgery

On the day a patient undergoes surgery, we recommend the following actions:

  • Leave all valuables at home.
  • Bring an advance directive, insurance cards, co-pay or deductible, photo identification and any necessary forms.
  • Bring blood donation cards on the day of surgery.
  • Bring comfortable clothes and loose shoes.
  • Bring glasses, hearing aids and dentures in a labeled container.
  • If you have sleep apnea, bring your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine and mask.

Preparing the home for a patient's return

Our patients' safety is our primary concern even after they leave our care. That's why we recommend that patients prepare their homes for their return from surgery in the following ways:

  • Arrange for pet care (if needed).
  • Clean bed linens.
  • Pick up throw rugs and tack down any loose carpet.
  • Prepare and freeze meals.
  • Put nightlights in the bathrooms, kitchen, bedrooms and hallways.
  • Remove electrical cords and other obstructions from your path.

The day before surgery

If a patient gets a fever, cold or rash, we advise that they call their surgeon and report a change to their health. The surgeon may recommend that their surgery be postponed.

The patient must not drink any alcohol during the 24 hours before their surgery. If the patient typically consumes alcohol regularly, they must provide their physician with this information.

The night before surgery

An administrator at our Same Day Surgery Center calls patients after 2pm the day before their surgeries. This call is to confirm a patient's surgery and arrival time.

If you have any questions regarding your surgery, please call us at (727) 341-4812.

Rehabilitation after surgery

We offer a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program, which includes physical, occupational and speech therapy. Often, a patient will need rehabilitation after surgery to help restore mobility and aid in a healthy recovery. Our therapists work with each patient requiring rehabilitation to maximize function as soon as possible following their procedure.