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Surgical team in the operating room

Uncover the Fascinating World of General Surgery

January 15, 2018

You may have heard that you, or someone you love, will be receiving services from a General Surgeon. Here is all the information you need to understand the challenging and unique field of general surgery. What is general surgery? General surgery is a surgical specialty. The word "general" might make this statement seem misleading, but it's true. A general surgeon is a doctor who performs surgeries for many ailments rather than specifying one system or organ, such as neurosurgery or cardiothoracic. So, it's not the case that all surgeons are considered general surgeons, even though all...Continue Reading

Robotic Surgery Nursing Team

The Team Behind The Technology

May 9, 2017

Last June, the Augusta Health Board of Directors—fifteen local representatives from Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro—voted to expand the surgical options for patients at Augusta Health with the addition of a da Vinci Xi Surgical System. This decision would provide the community with the latest and most advanced robotic technology available. By the end of October, the first robotic surgery at Augusta Health was performed by urologist Brian Stisser, MD. By the end of February, the Robotic Surgery Program had expanded it service to include urology, colorectal, gynecology and general...Continue Reading

Dr. Brian Stisser in the OR with the surgical robot

From the Surgeon's Perspective: Robotic Surgery with Dr. Brian Stisser

January 11, 2017

Robotic surgery has enabled a surgeon to apply greater precision during operations while still employing the primary advantages of laparoscopic surgery – shorter hospital stays and less pain through smaller incisions. We have improved visualization through video scopes and advanced instruments to help with reconstruction of normal tissues and yet continue to maintain excellent management of both malignant and benign disease.Continue Reading

The arms of the da Vinci robot

Ask A Doctor... What is Robotic Surgery?

January 6, 2017

As a physician, I view the practice of medicine as both science and art, and constantly evolving. New technology is introduced, then the knowledge surrounding that technology is adopted, and then both are improved for the benefit of our patients. Recently Augusta Health introduced a new technology when our first robotic-assisted surgery was performed on October 25, 2016.Continue Reading

Surgeons in an operating room.

What you Need to Know about Surgery and Diabetes

November 30, 2016

Surgery is sometimes unavoidable, and if you're one of the nearly 30 million Americans suffering from diabetes, getting your body ready for surgery is critical to ensuring a healthy recovery. Taking care of your body in the weeks and months leading up to your surgery can have a huge impact on how well your body is able to recover. How does Diabetes Affect My Body's Recovery from Surgery? Poor Circulation People who suffer from diabetes have difficultly processing sugar which leads to elevated blood sugar levels. As a result of elevated blood glucose levels, arteries tighten up, becoming more...Continue Reading

5 Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About Knee Surgery

5 Answers to Commonly Asked Questions about Knee Surgery

November 16, 2016

Knee surgery might seem a little scary at first. It is now a common procedure, however, that can drastically improve the quality of people's lives. Constant pain may become a thing of the past! If you're considering knee surgery, but aren't sure whether it's the best treatment option for you, or if you simply want a little more information about what is involved, read on for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about knee surgery. 1. Are there any knee treatment options that will help me avoid surgery? Before you reach the knee surgery stage, you and your doctor will have...Continue Reading

An inflamed hip joint

How to Know If You Need Hip Surgery

September 20, 2016

Constant hip pain is hard to live with because it can severely limit your mobility. Simple things you take for granted like bending over, walking up the stairs or walking for more than a few minutes can become practically impossible with hip pain. When experiencing hip pain, many people immediately think their next stop will be under the surgeon's knife. There's no reason to fear hip surgery, especially with its many medical advances, but surgery is not always necessary. If you do require hip surgery, keep in mind that more than 300,000 have a complete hip replacement every year in the U.S.,...Continue Reading