Surgical Procedures and Options at Houston Northwest

When you or a loved one needs surgery, knowing that you are in good hands makes all the difference. At Houston Northwest Medical Center, our surgical team of surgeons, nurses and operating room technicians brings extensive experience and expertise that can help put your mind at ease. Your well-being is our top priority. We focus on providing clear communication about your options, preparation and recovery following surgery.

Comprehensive Surgical Services

At Houston Northwest, we offer a wide range of surgical services designed to address all the health care needs of you and your family. Our surgical specialties include:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Colorectal
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Gynecologic
  • Obstetric
  • Ophthalmologic
  • Orthopedics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Urologic
  • Weight Loss (Bariatrics)

da Vinci Robot-Assisted Surgery

Houston Northwest is proud to offer robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci® surgical system. Robotic-assisted surgery provides surgeons with a steady set of robotic hands that can hold and manipulate instruments under the surgeon’s control with increased dexterity and precision.

During the procedure, the surgeon’s hand movements are translated through the computer to the robot’s arms that then do the work. Safety mechanisms are in place to ensure that the robot only moves under control of the surgeon. If the surgeon looks away from the computer terminal, the robot locks in place.

Robotic-assisted surgery uses smaller incisions than traditional open surgery. These incisions may be smaller than those in a laparoscopic procedure without robot assistance. These smaller incisions may mean:

  • Faster recovery time
  • Less pain and bleeding
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Smaller scars

Robotic surgery is available for a number of laparoscopic procedures, including colon/rectal surgeries as well as procedures for ovarian cysts and hysterectomies.

Preparing for Surgery

What Should I Bring With Me to the Hospital?

You should not need to bring anything unless you have a special brace or hearing aid(s) that you wear. Do bring identification and insurance cards.

Can I Wear My Contact Lenses and Dentures?

Depending on the type of procedure and anesthesia you’ll be having, you may be able to keep your contacts or dentures in. Please bring a case in which to store them in case they cannot be worn.

Should I Eat or Drink Anything Before Procedure?

You should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before your procedure unless instructed differently by the anesthesiologist or your doctor.

What Does My Family Do While I’m Having My Procedure?

Your family will stay with you until you are taken to the operating room or minor procedure room. At that time, they will be asked to wait in the appropriate waiting room so they can be easily found when the doctor has completed the procedure.