At Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, our nationally-renowned surgeons use state-of-the-art equipment to perform groundbreaking procedures every day. Surgery isn’t something that anyone takes lightly, and we are committed to offering a compassionate, caring environment for you and your loved ones.
Our highly advanced surgical unit, combined with our outstanding recovery facilities, provides the perfect environment for your surgery. Retreat Doctors’ Hospital is equipped with a fully licensed surgical suite for both traditional and minimally-invasive procedures, including the latest and most advanced daVinci® Surgical robotic systems.
In fact, Retreat Doctors’ Hospital is the first and only hospital in Virginia to perform urological surgery using the latest robotic technology designed for single-incision surgery, the daVinci® SP Surgical System.
Plus, our highly skilled staff of physicians, nurses, therapists, pharmacists and case managers will help you move through the recovery process as smoothly as possible.
Endoscopy is a minimally-invasive, non-incisional procedure that lets your gastrointestinal specialist look inside your body using an instrument called an endoscope, or scope, with a fiber-optic camera attached.
Retreat Doctors’ Hospital offers endoscopic procedures, such as colonoscopy and bronchoscopy, as a safe and effective way to screen for diseases, obtain tissue samples and treat many conditions of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, bile duct and pancreas.
Endoscopy procedures at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital are performed in a comfortable suite, separate from our surgical unit, including a pre-operative area, endoscopic procedure rooms, a recovery area, and a waiting area for loved ones during your stay.
Our surgical and endoscopic services include:
- Full range of surgical services
- Minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgical program
- daVinci Robotic surgical program
- Colorectal surgery
- Gastrointestinal surgery
- Urological surgery
- General and vascular surgery
- Orthopedic surgery, including total joint replacement
- Plastic, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery
- Pain management
Before your procedure
As you prepare for your procedure at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, keep the below general guidelines in mind, unless your surgeon or doctor instructs otherwise:
- Stop eating and drinking at midnight the night before your surgery
- Take your prescribed heart, blood pressure, asthma, thyroid, seizure or pain medications, as discussed with your doctor, with just enough water to swallow them, and inform your doctor and care team if you are taking blood thinners for any reason
- Stop taking insulin the day of your surgery
- Bathe or shower prior to your procedure and don’t apply make-up or lotions
- Wear comfortable clothing and remove all jewelry (including body piercings)
- Leave valuables, credit cards and money at home
- Bring containers for glasses, dentures or hearing aids, and place these items in their containers before entering the operating room
- Pack a small bag with what you’ll need for an overnight stay, including pajamas, slippers, and any desired toiletries to make your stay more comfortable
After your procedure
After your procedure, your doctor will inform your designated caregivers about the details of your procedure. Depending on the use of anesthetics during your procedure, you may be taken to a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) to continuously monitor your blood pressure. Let your nurse know about any symptoms you experience after your surgery, even if they seem normal, such as dry mouth or blurred vision.
Your doctor or nurse will determine when it is appropriate for you to return home or be moved to a post-operative room to continue your recovery. Before you are discharged, you’ll be given written instructions on how to care for yourself at home and who to call with questions you may have during recovery.
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