Surgeons in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky
The surgical teams at our facilities in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky provide attentive, tailored care to every patient. If you have a medical condition requiring surgery, we provide comprehensive care and education throughout your journey to recovery.
For more information about our surgical services, call us at (800) 242-5662.
Comprehensive surgical care
Patients at our facilities have access to comprehensive surgical services. Regardless of your diagnosis, you will receive individualized and dedicated care.
Our surgical subspecialties include:
- Cardiothoracic surgery
- Cardiovascular surgery
- Endocrine surgery
- Gastrointestinal surgery
- General surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Pediatric surgery
- Plastic and reconstructive surgery
- Pulmonary surgery
- Surgical oncology
Cardiothoracic surgeons diagnose and treat simple and complex diseases of the chest and lungs. We treat benign, malignant and infectious conditions of the lungs, esophagus, pleura (membrane lining the thorax), chest wall, diaphragm and thymus gland.
You may also complete cardiothoracic surgery as part of a treatment plan for lung cancer and other chronic diseases. Cardiothoracic procedures we offer include:
- Lobectomy (removal of the lobe of an organ in the chest)
- Pericardiectomy (partial or total removal of the membrane enclosing the heart)
- Pneumonectomy (partial or total removal of a lung)
- Thoracoscopic lung reduction (surgery used to treat chronic conditions that affect breathing, such as emphysema)
- Thoracoscopy (a procedure used to examine or treat conditions in the pleural space of the chest)
- Thoracotomy (surgery to access the pleural space of the chest)
- Zenker's diverticulectomy (surgery of the esophagus to relieve pressure in the esophagus and improve swallowing)
Cardiovascular surgeons treat a wide range of conditions with heart and vascular surgery. From your first consultation through postoperative follow-up, our team is committed to providing excellent care and keeping you and your family well-informed on the path to optimal recovery.
Types of cardiovascular surgery we offer include:
- Bypass or reconstruction of obstructed arteries
- Repair of abdominal and peripheral arterial aneurysms, including aortic stent grafts (where a stent graft is placed inside of the aortic aneurysm)
- Surgery of the carotid arteries (the major blood vessels in the neck)
- Vascular access for dialysis, chemotherapy and chronic medication therapy (insertion or removal of devices or chemicals into the bloodstream)
- Vascular surgery (surgery to treat diseases affecting the arteries, veins and lymphatic circulation)
The endocrine system is responsible for releasing hormones throughout the body. The major glands of this system are the thyroid gland and the adrenal glands. When a disease or condition causes a hormone imbalance or inhibits the body's ability to generate or distribute chemicals, your doctor may recommend endocrine treatment. Surgeries related to this subspecialty include:
- Mediastinoscopy/mediastinotomy (a procedure to examine the space behind the breastbone in the middle of the chest, between the lungs)
- Puestow-Gillespie pancreatic drainage (a procedure to treat chronic pancreatitis)
- Surgery of the lymphatic systems
- Surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands
Gastrointestinal surgery is performed to treat conditions affecting the gastrointestinal system, which includes all the organs in the tract running from the mouth to the anus. Types of gastrointestinal care offered at our facilities include:
- Gastric and duodenal surgery for benign and malignant disorders
- Hernia repair
- Intestinal, colon and rectal surgery to remove benign and malignant tumors
- Lower esophageal surgery to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Splenectomy (partial or total removal of the spleen)
- Surgery of the gallbladder, biliary tree or pancreas
General surgery is a specialty that focuses on the abdominal area. For example, if you needed an appendectomy (removal of the appendix), you could see a general surgeon.
Orthopedic surgery deals with acute and chronic conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. This covers everything from surgery for serious fractures to joint replacement and spine care procedures.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
Doctors provide plastic and reconstructive surgery as either a medically necessary procedure or an elective procedure. Types of plastic surgery available at some of our facilities include:
- Breast augmentation
Patients who have cancer may undergo surgery as part of the diagnostic and/or treatment processes. Types of surgery associated with oncology include:
- Biopsy and removal of lymph nodes or groups of nodes
- Breast biopsy (removal of cell tissue from the breast)
- Breast cancer surgery, including lumpectomy (removal of cancer or abnormal tissue) and mastectomy (partial or total removal of one or both breasts)
- Prostatectomy (partial or total removal of the prostate)
- Sentinel node biopsy (removal of tissue from a primary tumor in the lymphatic system)
- Stereotactic breast biopsy (removal of an abnormal mass from the breast with the assistance of a mammography)
Sometimes, minor surgery is needed to help diagnose a condition. One of the most common examples is a biopsy. During this procedure, your doctor will gather a tissue sample, which can be tested for abnormalities.
Your doctor may also recommend a minimally invasive procedure using an endoscope to diagnose a condition or confirm the effectiveness of treatment. An endoscope is a thin tube with a light on the end that is inserted into the body.
Examples of diagnostic procedures we perform include:
- Biopsies (taking a tissue sample to check for cancer)
- Colonoscopies (examining the large and small bowel via colonoscope)
- Bronchoscopies (examining the lungs and air passages via bronchoscope)
- Esophagus scopes (examining the esophagus, stomach and upper duodenum via endoscope)
- pH monitoring (measuring how often stomach acid enters the esophagus)
Minimally invasive surgical technology
Our facilities are equipped with advanced surgical technology to perform a range of procedures. Inpatient and outpatient procedures are available, and you will have access to physical therapists to help you recover from surgery as fully as possible.
Robot-assisted surgical technology enables surgeons to operate with greater precision using smaller incisions than what is possible with traditional surgery.
During robot-assisted surgery, also known as robotic surgery, your surgeon sits at a control panel and guides the surgical instruments. A console provides a 3D, high-definition view of your anatomy with accurate depth perception. The surgeon controls the robotic arms (which manipulate tissue with more dexterity and accuracy than what is humanly possible) to perform the procedure.
Robot-assisted surgery is offered for certain procedures under the following surgical subspecialties:
- General surgery (gallbladder removal, hernia repair and colon resection)
- Gynecologic oncology (hysterectomies, myomectomies and surgeries to treat uterine conditions)
- Urology (prostatectomies and other types of surgery for prostate cancer)
Benefits of robotic surgery
Several benefits are associated with robot-assisted surgery, including:
- Faster recovery times
- Less blood loss
- Less pain
- Less risk of infection
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stays
Rehabilitation after surgery
For many patients, physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process. If needed, we can connect you with a professional who will provide guidance on the best ways to restore strength, balance, and mobility after your procedure. We also offer neurorehabilitation through our neurological care program.