At St. John’s Riverside Hospital, we strive to educate you about your procedure, make you as comfortable as possible during your stay, and provide you with the best care available. Offering a full range of surgical services, our board-certified surgeons perform more than 15,000 operations per year in state-of-the-art operating rooms.
A leader in minimally-invasive surgery
Our operating rooms are equipped with the latest, minimally invasive technologies to perform a wide range of procedures including: urological, neurosurgical, vascular, gynecological, orthopedic, otolaryngologic and general surgical cases. St. John’s Riverside Hospital has invested in the Stryker Navigation System and Zeiss Microscope that allows our surgeons to operate with the utmost precision. All 7 operating rooms are equipped with the PACS (Picture Archiving Communication System), which allows the surgeon to digitally view radiology images taken at St. John’s Riverside Hospital. With PACS, physicians are able to make more informed patient care decisions. Also new in our OR is the state-of-the-art surgical table, made of carbon fiber and no metal parts, which allows the surgeon to take x-rays while the operation is ongoing. This acquisition has been instrumental in performing minimally invasive abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery.
Preparing for one-day surgery begins with your physician who schedules the operation. When your physician schedules your procedure, a date and time for pre-admission testing/education is also scheduled. On the day of your pre-admission testing/education, you will proceed to the Admitting/Registration Department. Following registration, the pre-operative nurse will complete certain paperwork, draw the required blood work, complete an EKG (if ordered), and escort you for a chest x-ray (if required). The pre-admission testing nurse will talk to you one-on-one about preparing for surgery, what to expect after surgery and necessary pre-admission paperwork. Prepared, educated patients have a much faster recovery from surgery and are far more satisfied with their care. Please keep your appointment. If you are unable to keep the appointment, your physician’s office will have to reschedule.
da Vinci Robotic Surgery
The newly-acquired da Vinci robot, at St. John’s Riverside Hospital, enables our surgeons and our surgically affiliated doctors to offer state-of-the-art minimally invasive options to their patients. This sophisticated robotic platform delivers scarless or nearly scarless surgical results in areas such as colon-rectal, bariatric, gallbladder, gynecological, and general surgeries. A multi-dimensional system, the da Vinci robot allows surgeons to perform complex surgeries with unprecedented precision and accuracy. St. John’s Riverside Hospital recognizes the benefits of investing in technology allowing for better patient outcomes.
The patient benefits of da Vinci single-incision minimally invasive surgery over traditional “open” surgery are many and include:
- Minimal to zero scarring at the incision site
- Significantly improved “pain threshold”
- Shorter hospital stays
- Improved recovery times
- Decreased risk of infection
St. John’s Riverside Hospital remains true to the tradition of offering patient-centered care. With the da Vinci Single Incision Robot System we are improving patients’ surgical experience and getting them home to their families faster.
These investments make the St. John’s Riverside Community Stronger
Delivered by an Anesthesiologist or Certified Nurse Anesthetist, St. John’s Riverside Hospital will provide personalized anesthesia care for each of our patients. Our Anesthesiologists are Board Certified Medical Doctors specializing in the field of anesthesia. They will create a unique anesthesia plan for your surgery, monitor and remain available throughout your surgery. The Nurse Anesthetist will stay with you for the entire procedure, constantly monitoring modifying the anesthetic to ensure maximum safety and comfort.
The Vascular Disease & Wound Healing Center team includes a Vascular Surgeon, a Podiatrist, a Plastic Surgeon and a team of well-seasoned nurses. The team performs angiogram procedures identifying the need for stents or plaque shaving efforts. We diagnose all these patients with state-of-the-art radiology and ultrasound services that is the best technology you can find including CTA, MRI and Ultrasound. Dr. Patel’s team helps patients get their lifestyles back. The procedures they conduct are great first steps prior to full blown open bypass surgery, with 92% success rates following the year after the surgery. They follow patients and keep the success rates up by working as a community within the hospital. The team follows them through the wound care process and makes sure they heal. The Vascular and Wound Healing Center’s professional team of nurses is dedicated to a patient’s care and well-being both in the hospital and when they go home.