Advanced Surgical Procedures and Interventions
If you or a loved one need surgery, either planned or emergency surgery, Aiken Regional offers advanced surgical services close to home. In addition to the surgical services provided at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, the Surgery Center of Aiken is the only same-day multi specialty outpatient surgical facility in Aiken. The 15,000 square foot facility houses four operating rooms and two procedure rooms.
Aiken Regional surgeons and other specialty surgeons perform nearly 13,000 surgical procedures each year. Surgical specialties include:
- Breast cancer
- Ear, nose and throat
- General surgery
Patient safety is our top priority. Surgeons at Aiken Regional Medical Centers use surgical techniques, such as laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery whenever appropriate to help lower infection rates and encourage faster healing.
At Aiken Regional Medical Centers, we have built a reputation for delivering quality surgical care.
- Our specialists actively participate in initiatives that continually improve treatment and care for those needing surgery or who are suffering from a heart attack (myocardial infarction) or congestive heart failure.
- Cardiologists consistently achieve door-to-balloon-times (a best practice guideline measuring the time between arrival at the hospital and treatment for patients having a heart attack) of less than 60 minutes. This is far faster than the national standard of 90 minutes.
Find a Surgeon
If you need a referral to a surgeon at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, call our free physician referral service at 800-322-8322 or search for a surgeon online.
Aiken Regional Medical Centers has been awarded straight 'A' grades for Patient Safety from the Leapfrog Group six times, for three consecutive years, from Fall 2018 to Spring 2021. This national distinction recognizes the hospital's high achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare.
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
Pain management is provided for patients who undergo elective procedures such as joint replacement, mastectomies and other surgeries, and for patients who have suffered an accident or traumatic injury. This type of care, sometimes called acute pain management, typically lasts for a defined recovery time, whether the surgical patient is recovering in intensive care, a medical surgical unit or at home.
ERAS seeks to reduce the risk of opioid addiction for patients and also the length of recovery time in the hospital. ERAS does not mean using less pain medication, but rather using medication or a combination of medications that does not involve the use of highly addictive opioids or narcotics.
With ERAS, pain management treatment plans become evidence-based on results, not tradition, to determine what produces the best outcome for patients post-surgery. The overall goal of ERAS is a shorter stay in the hospital for the patient and a quicker return to normal function.
In addition to traditional surgery, when appropriate, patients having surgery at Aiken Regional Medical Centers for a gynecologic or urologic medical condition can receive minimally invasive, advanced robotic surgery from the da Vinci® Surgical System.
Robotic surgery involves a small incision during the surgical operation. The da Vinci® Surgical System allows surgeons to maneuver into confined spaces within the body with 3D magnification while providing a greater range of motion and precision with specialized instruments.
Advantages of robotic surgery may include:*
- Reduced pain and trauma to the body
- Less blood loss
- Decreased risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery
- Less scarring
Surgeons at Aiken Regional Medical Centers perform many minimally invasive and robotic procedures to treat disorders in various medical specialties.
Breast Cancer Surgical Oncology
With a dedicated breast surgeon on staff, women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and have had or will have a mastectomy, partial mastectomy or lumpectomy, or prophylactic mastectomy have various options after diagnosis and treatment.
A general surgeon has specialized knowledge and experience managing patients before, during and after surgery (preoperative, operative, postoperative management). They are able to manage complications in many primary components of surgery. These components include breasts, skin, soft tissue, head and neck, emergency medical problems, vascular, endocrine system (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and endocrine glands, pancreas), congenital conditions, oncologic disorders and oral cavity.
The orthopedic team at the Joint Academy at Aiken Regional Medical Centers includes board certified and board eligible orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, physical therapists and nurses, who work together to provide exceptional care in a healing and nurturing environment.
Neurosurgeons at Aiken Regional Medical Centers perform many procedures to treat the brain, spine and peripheral nerves, including skull base surgery (endoscopic pituitary surgery), complex brain tumor surgery, spine surgery (disc surgery, spinal decompression, spinal fusion), minimally invasive cranial and spine surgery, peripheral nerve surgery (carpal tunnel), and treatments for spinal and cranial trauma.
Cardiothoracic surgeons use minimally invasive procedures, when possible, and open-heart techniques to restore blood flow, repair or replace valves and treat damaged lungs. Interventional cardiology includes emergency surgical procedures in the catheterization laboratory to diagnose and treat blocked coronary arteries, heart rhythm disorders and other conditions. Recent advanced technology for cardiovascular procedures at Aiken Regional Medical Centers includes the WATCHMAN™ implant for non-valvular atrial fibrillation and CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure System for the remote management of heart failure.
Faced with a breast cancer diagnosis, these women fought back.
Patient survives a heart attack, thanks to the care she received at Aiken Regional.
Aiken Regional Medical Centers
3200 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801
The Surgery Center of Aiken
4211 Trolley Line Road
Aiken, SC 29801
*Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic or minimally invasive surgery are right for you.