da Vinci Si Surgical System
Using advanced technology and exceptional medical expertise, the surgeons in St. Clair Hospital’s Surgical Services department perform a wide range of operative procedures in a number of specialties.
Selected procedures include:
Some of these surgeries can be accomplished using minimally invasive techniques, resulting in quicker healing, less scarring and no delay in starting rehabilitation.
Board certified surgeons, along with other members of the surgical team – including registered nurses, surgical technologists, anesthesiologists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, perfusionists, sterile processing technicians and certified nursing assistants – all work together to ensure that every patient’s surgical treatment receives the utmost attention.
Ask The Doctor
St. Clair Surgeon, Jeffry Perri, M.D., answers what types of surgical procedures are performed at St. Clair and further explains which procedures can be done using minimally invasive techniques.
Mt. Lebanon Surgical Center of St. Clair Hospital
In addition to its inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, St. Clair Hospital surgeons also perform several specialized procedures in the Mt. Lebanon Surgical Center of St. Clair Hospital, located in the St. Clair Professional Office Building adjacent to the Hospital. Procedures include cataract, eyelid and lesion surgery, as well as cosmetic plastic surgery. Featuring the latest equipment, the Mt. Lebanon Surgical Center of St. Clair Hospital is designed to provide patients with high quality care in a convenient and efficient manner. For additional information, please call the Surgical Center at 412.942.5770.
Preparing for Surgery
Members of the St. Clair Hospital surgical team strive to deliver an exceptional experience. We provide information and instructions that are designed to help ensure a positive surgical experience at St. Clair Hospital. Prior to surgery, a member of the Hospital’s Pre-Registration Department will contact a patient to verify personal and health insurance information. The patient also will be contacted by a screening nurse for additional medical information including a list of current medications and supplements.
Pre-Admission Testing (PAT)
It is essential that St. Clair Hospital’s operating team and the patient’s physician have complete medical information about the patient’s condition prior to any surgical procedure. Pre-admission testing includes a review of medical history and a nursing assessment, and might also include additional testing, such as blood tests, an EKG (electrocardiogram) or x-rays.
A Focus on Safety
St. Clair Hospital’s physicians and nurses are dedicated to making every patient’s surgery experience as safe as possible. While undergoing surgery involves certain risks, St. Clair’s staff members will take steps to reduce or prevent these risks, including:
- To avoid infection, antibiotics will be given within 60 minutes prior to surgery and stopped within 24 hours following surgery when appropriate.
- Physicians and nurses will use electronic clippers, instead of a razor, to remove hair at the site of surgery to prevent small cuts that can lead to infection.
- Physicians and nurses will provide patients with approved medications and/or take other appropriate steps to reduce the risk of developing blood clots during surgery.
- Members of the health care team will wash their hands before any examinations.
In addition to the above precautions, patients can also help to prevent surgical risks by following these steps:
- Provide physicians with a list and dosage of all current medications – even over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin, vitamins or herbal supplements. Some medications and supplements might have to be temporarily discontinued.
- Inform physicians of any other medical problems, including any allergies or health conditions, which could affect surgery or treatment.
- Patients who smoke are at a higher risk of developing infections and are advised to talk to a health care professional about ways to quit prior to surgery.
- Ask questions about surgery or care. Concerns should be shared with a member of the health care team.
Managing Pain Following Surgery
St. Clair Hospital’s team of dedicated health care professionals is committed to helping all patients manage their pain effectively. As a partner in pain management, the Hospital’s goal is to make every patient’s hospital stay more comfortable.
Assessing Your Pain
It is very important that pain be managed to help speed recovery. If pain is not relieved, it can affect the activities necessary to help in recovery. Unrelieved pain can make it difficult to breathe deeply or walk, which could lead to the development of complications and a prolonged hospital stay.
Every person experiences pain differently. To help physicians and nurses understand the level of pain a patient is experiencing, he or she will be asked to rate pain by using a rating scale of 0-10 before and after a pain medication is administered, and when a non-medication method is used (i.e., back rub, position change). A rating of “0” means no pain; “5” means moderate pain; and “10” means the worst pain imaginable.
Pain Management Options
Pain following surgery can be managed in several ways. One of the most effective ways is through carefully monitored pain medication, which can be administered via pills, pain lozenges (lollipops), skin patches, intramuscular or subcutaneous injections, suppositories, intravenous (IV) injections, or through patient controlled anesthesia (PCA).
Pain can also be relieved by other methods either used alone or in addition to medication, such as changing positions, supporting or splinting a surgical incision with a pillow during movement (coughing, deep breathing), massage, relaxation techniques, maintaining an environment that is quiet and free of distractions, applying heat or cold to the pain site, Reiki, and/or therapeutic touch.
Pain Care Bill of Rights
A patient with pain has:
- The right to have pain taken seriously and to be treated with dignity and respect by physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals.
- The right to have pain thoroughly assessed and promptly treated.
- The right to be informed by a physician about what may be causing the pain, possible treatments, and the benefits, risks and costs of each.
- The right to participate actively in decisions about how to manage pain.
- The right to have pain re-assessed regularly and treatment adjusted if pain has not been eased.
- The right to be referred to a pain specialist if pain persists.
The right to receive clear and prompt answers to questions, the time to make decisions, and to refuse a particular type of treatment.
Patient Success Story
Bethel Park resident, David Brown, remembers how Thoracic Surgery performed by Richard H. Maley, Jr., M.D., a St. Clair surgeon, saved his life and cured his lung cancer. Click here to read his story.
St. Clair Hospital’s Specialized Surgeons
St. Clair Hospital’s Surgical Services department includes more than 150 board- certified surgeons, providing a variety of surgical specialties.
Find a Physician
To find a physician, please visit the Physician Directory to search for one of the surgical specialities above.