From the moment you enter our hospital, we want you to feel that you are among friends. You’re an important person to us-our reason for being here. We intend to make your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

Surgical Services provides care for both inpatient and outpatient procedures at Lovelace Westside Hospital. State-of-the-art procedures and technology allow our surgical team to serve Albuquerque Westside and Rio Rancho with the most modern care. Our Surgical Services Department is uniquely designed to provide maximum patient and family comfort as well as staff efficiency. Innovation and technology play important roles in the delivery of high-quality surgical care, but it takes more than just technology. Our physicians and staff are among the best caregivers in the area. LWSH also has a comfortable waiting area for families as well as pre-operative/recovery rooms where loved ones can spend time with patients before and after surgery.

Surgical Services at Lovelace Westside Hospital offers high quality care of the surgical patient beginning with the preoperative assessment and preparation through the operating room, and immediate post-anesthesia recovery.

The following surgical specialties are performed at Lovelace Westside Hospital:

  • Bariatrics - Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass and Revisions

  • Gastroenterology - offering a full array of diagnostic and interventional procedures in the GI suite, such as EGD, Colonoscopy, ERCP

  • Ear/Nose/Throat - Most ENT procedures plus, Endoscopic Image Guided Sinus Surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty

  • General Surgery - Gallbladder, Appendix, Colon, Hernia Repair and more               

  • Breast - Biopsies, Mastectomy

  • Orthopedics - Total joints, Sports Medicine, shoulder and knee arthroscopy and more

  • Podiatry - Most podiatry procedures                                     

  • Urology - Cystoscopy, Ureteroscopy, TURBT, TURP, Prostatectomy, Nephrectomy, ESWL (for kidney stones)

  • Gynecology                                       

  • Plastics - Medical or Reconstructive(no cosmetic)


Facts about Lovelace Westside Hospital

  • Named on of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine

  • The only hospital on the Westside of Albuquerque to receive the Quality New Mexico Zia Award for Performance Excellence

  • The only hospital in New Mexico to be named a Top 100 Hospital by Truven Health Analytics


Types of Surgery

Unless it is an emergency, you and your physician may discuss surgery as a way to correct your condition upon diagnosis. This decision is based on careful evaluation of your personal medical history and subsequent medical tests, such as blood tests, x-rays, MRI, CT scan, electrocardiogram, or other laboratory work performed to determine the exact diagnosis.

Depending on the diagnosis, a patient has several surgery options:

  • Optional or Elective Surgery - a procedure you choose to have, which may not necessarily be essential to continue a good quality of life.

  • Required Surgery - a procedure which needs to be done to ensure quality of life in the future. An example would be having kidney stones removed if other forms of medication and treatments are not working. Required surgery, unlike emergency surgery, does not necessarily have to be done immediately.

  • Urgent or Emergency Surgery - this type of surgery is done in reaction to an urgent medical condition, such as acute appendicitis.


Surgery Methods

With technical advances today, surgery does not necessarily mean large incisions, as in the past. Depending on the type of surgery, there are several surgery methods that may be performed:

  • Open surgery - the cutting of skin and tissues so that the surgeon has a full view of the structures or organs involved. Examples of open surgery are the removal of organs, such as the gallbladder or kidneys.

  • Minimally invasive surgery - any technique involved in surgery that does not require a large incision. This relatively new approach allows the patient to recuperate faster with less pain. Not all conditions are suitable for minimally invasive surgery, but many surgery techniques now fall under minimally invasive surgery.

  • Laparoscopy - a procedure that uses telescope with a light and a camera lens at the end (laparoscope) to examine organs and check for abnormalities. Laparoscopy is often used during surgery to look inside the body and avoid making large incisions. Tissue samples may also be taken for examination and testing.

  • Endoscopy - a procedure that uses a small, flexible scope with a light and a camera lens at the end (endoscope) to examine the inside of part of the digestive tract. Tissue samples from inside the digestive tract may also be taken for examination and testing.

  • Arthroscopy - with the use of a small scope, surgeons can look at the interior of a joint. This technique is most often used to inspect the inside of the knee joint, shoulder or ankle

  • Cystoscopy - inserting a telescope with a light and camera lens at the end (cystoscope) up the urethra to examine the urethra and bladder cavity.

  • Gastroscopy - examining the lining of the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine with a long telescope.

  • Hysteroscopy - a visual inspection of the cervical canal and uterine cavity with a flexible scope (endoscope).

  • Laryngoscopy - inspecting the larynx (voice box) with a mirror or telescope.

  • Lithotripsy - shock waves are used for the non-invasive treatment of kidney and ureteral stones. This treatment may eliminate the need for more invasive surgery to relieve the patient of the symptoms of kidney and ureteral stones.

  • Image Guided Surgery - a highly sophisticated, state-of-the-art navigational technique that offers three-dimensional computerized anatomic visualization that assists the surgeon in pin-pointing the exact operative site. It may be used in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and ENT surgery.

  • Sigmoidoscopy - examination of the rectum and sigmoid colon with a telescope.


Preparing for Surgery – Surgical Areas

  • Pre-Op Assessment Clinic - The clinic is comprised of Registered Nurses (RN) who conduct telephone interviews and education with patients who are getting ready for both outpatient and inpatient surgery. These telephone interviews are performed Monday through Friday. This call usually takes between 15-20 minutes. You may be asked to come to the hospital for preoperative labs, x-ray, total joint camp, or to have a nasal culture for MRSA/MSSA.

  • Operating Room - Lovelace Westside Hospital has 6 operating rooms in a unique surgery-in-the-round design to accommodate a comprehensive and highly complex range of surgical procedures. Leading-edge technology for both general and highly specialized surgeries is routinely available throughout the various operating rooms.

  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) - Patient recover in this area. All caregivers are trained in adult and pediatric advanced life support, as well as CPR. Nursing personnel work in collaboration with physicians and other health care providers to ensure a successful recovery period and safe transfer home or to an inpatient unit.

  • Sterile Processing Department - Equipment and supplies utilized in the Operating Room are completely germ-free and sterile for all surgeries performed.

Patient Forms and Resources

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