Manatee Memorial Hospital has special expertise in finding innovative ways to use minimally invasive surgical techniques. Whether it is for the treatment of digestive disorders or cancer, the surgical team has a wealth of experience in using advanced tools and techniques to help make surgery and recovery easier on patients. The highly-trained surgeons are recognized nationally for their surgical expertise and offer comprehensive care for patients undergoing surgery.
We also specialize in Orthopaedic, Thoracic, Neuro, Retinal and Bariatric surgeries here at Manatee Memorial.
Our surgical expertise includes treatment of simple and complex hernias; gastrointestinal problems including peptic ulcer disease, colon cancer, anorectal disorders, hemorrhoids and inflammatory bowel disease; diseases of the gallbladder, pancreas and liver; endocrine problems; benign and malignant disease of the breast; swallowing disorders, and weight-loss surgery.
Physicians have established reputations for pioneering advances in the treatment of complex colorectal problems, fecal incontinence and advanced laparoscopic surgery.
Head and Neck Surgery
Head and neck surgery at Manatee Memorial Hospital is performed by otolaryngologists, more commonly known as ear, nose, and throat physicians (ENT).
An otolaryngologist is trained in:
- Oncology: Treatment of cancer of the head and neck, which may involve surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. Otolaryngologists work closely with medical and radiation oncologists to design a treatment program.
- Otology: Surgical treatment of diseases and conditions of the ear, including: ear infections, balance problems or dizziness and hearing problems.
- Plastic Surgery: Similar to reconstructive surgery, except the surgery is often performed for cosmetic purposes. Plastic surgery is important for patients who have been victims of disfiguring accidents and for those who wish to have a more improved or youthful appearance.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Derived from the Greek word "plastikos," meaning "to mold or give form," plastic surgery has the goal of restoring function and form to the body. Unlike most surgical specialties, it is not confined to one organ system or body part. Instead, plastic surgery repairs, reconstructs and replaces physical defects involving:
- Skin and soft tissue
- Head and neck
- Facial structures
- Trunk and extremities
- Peripheral nerves
There are two types of plastic surgery: reconstructive and cosmetic, which are defined by the American Medical Association:
- Reconstructive surgery is generally performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.
- Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient's appearance and self-esteem.
Cosmetic and reconstructive procedures performed by plastic surgeons from the Manatee Memorial Hospital & Health System Division of Plastic Surgery include: Treatment of skin diseases, cancer and trauma:
- Malignant and benign lesions of the skin (basal cell, squamous cell)
- Malignant and benign lesions of the soft tissue (sarcoma, lipoma)
- Reconstructive flaps and grafts
- Scar revisions
Surgery of the breast:
- Post-mastectomy breast reconstruction
- Breast reduction
- Congenital and developmental breast deformities
Treatment of facial deformity, disease and trauma:
- Tumors of the lips, mouth, tongue and salivary glands
- Congenital tumors and vascular malformations
- Wound and laceration treatment
- Cleft lip and palate
Surgery of the hand:
- Hand and forearm wounds
- Tendon injuries and lacerations
- Nerve injuries
- Fractures of the hand
- Vascular injuries of the hand
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Dupuytren's contracture
- Trigger finger
- Congenital anomalies (extra digits, webbed fingers, etc.)
Surgery of the trunk and extremities:
- Chest and abdominal wall reconstruction
- Lower extremity coverage
- Flaps, grafts, free tissue transfer, expanders
- Face-lift (brow-lift, neck-lift)
- Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
- Cosmetic rhinoplasty
- Cosmetic otoplasty
Vascular surgery is dedicated to the care of patients with disorders of the circulatory system. These disorders fall into two broad general disease processes known as atherosclerosis and thrombophlebitis, which affect the arterial and venous systems respectively.
In the past decade, there have been numerous diagnostic and surgical technological advances including: ultrasound enhancement, angioplasty, stenting devices, endoluminal bypasses, and improved imaging techniques.
Because the vascular disease process involves multiple systems of the body, a vascular patient's care requires the combined efforts of the surgeon, radiologist and internist. Vascular surgery is dedicated to providing some of the most advanced techniques in treating the vascular patients and is forging ahead in research to solve problems that were deemed unsolvable only a few years ago.