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St. Louise Regional Hospital

 

 St. Louise Regional Hospital

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At St. Louise, we treat you like family. We offer leading-edge surgical procedures, combined with the compassionate, personalized care found in a community hospital.

When you have surgery at St. Louise Regional Hospital, you are not just another patient, but a neighbor who deserves compassionate care. We offer advanced procedures not available at many hospitals, with surgeons who are experts in minimally invasive surgery.

Our hospital provides:

  • Personalized attention: Unlike major medical centers in big cities, St. Louise offers a personalized experience in a community hospital setting. Your nurses will often be the same from surgery through recovery, so you have a trusted person to turn to during your experience. Our team takes the time to get to know you and is available for any questions you may have.
  • Highly skilled teamsSurgeons at St. Louise have a depth of expertise and experience, so we can provide you with the most effective care. We consistently receive excellent feedback from patients in the community.
  • Advanced procedures: St.Louise offers sophisticated surgical procedures in the convenience of your local community hospital. Our specialties include gastrointestinal and colorectal procedures and orthopedics.
  • Minimally invasive surgery: Our surgeons are experts in minimally invasive surgical techniques, performing more laparoscopic procedures than other area hospitals. Laparoscopy uses a small keyhole incision instead of open surgery. Find out more about minimally invasive surgery at St. Louise.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Our surgeons perform more laparoscopic procedures than other hospitals in the area. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that uses a few small keyhole incisions instead of a larger incision. This means you spend less time recovering and have a lower risk of post-surgical infection.

Laparoscopic surgeries available at St. Louise include:

  • Cholecystectomy: Gallbladder removal
  • Hernia repair
  • Colectomy: Colon surgery
  • Lithotripsy: Procedure to break up kidney stones
  • Appendectomy: Appendix removal
  • Splenectomy: Spleen removal
  • Adrenalectomy: Adrenal gland removal

Learn more about minimally invasive surgery at St. Louise.

Endoscopic Procedures

Endoscopy is another minimally invasive technique that St. Louise physicians use to diagnose and treat many conditions. An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube that a doctor inserts down the throat or through a small incision to examine you without surgery.

Endoscopic procedures available at our hospital include:

  • BARRXTM procedure for Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Common bile duct procedures for bile duct stones or tumors
  • Podiatry procedures such as plantar fascia release, a technique that relieves plantar fasciitis caused by tension in the ligaments on the bottom of your foot

Read more about endoscopic gastrointestinal and colorectal procedures or podiatry services at St. Louise.

Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery

St. Louise offers leading-edge procedures for patients with acid reflux disease. We are one of three hospitals that offer the innovative BARRX procedure for Barrett’s Esophagus. Learn more about this cutting-edge therapy and other gastrointestinal and colorectal procedures we offer.

Cardiac Surgery

Our team performs procedures to implant pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) or a device that combines both. We may recommend these devices to treat atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias (heart rhythm irregularities).

Arrhythmias are common and can lead to chest pain, heart failure or stroke. A pacemaker, ICD or a combined pacemaker with ICD can help your heart beat properly. Find out more about cardiac surgery available at St. Louise.

Urology Procedures

Our general surgery department offers InterStim® device therapy if you have an overactive bladder. A St. Louise urologist uses a minimally invasive procedure to implant this device near your tailbone.

The InterStim device stimulates the sacral (tailbone) nerves that control your bladder and related muscles, gently stimulating the nerves with tiny electrical pulses. Find out more about the minimally invasive surgery options at St. Louise.

Orthopedic Surgery

St. Louise provides a full range of orthopedic surgery procedures, including less common surgeries, such as hip arthroscopy and anterior hip replacement.

Our orthopedic specialties include:

  • Sports medicine: Our orthopedists, who are board certified in sports medicine, offer minimally invasive procedures, such as hip arthroscopy. Arthroscopic procedures allow doctors to diagnose and treat joint problems without open surgery. Learn more about our sports medicine program.
  • Joint reconstruction: St. Louise provides a full range of joint replacement surgeries. We offer anterior hip replacement, an alternative to traditional hip replacement that results in a faster recovery. Find out more about joint reconstruction at St. Louise.
  • Podiatry: Our hospital has skilled podiatrists that provide advanced foot and ankle care. We offer minimally invasive treatment for plantar fasciitis, a condition in which tight ligaments on the bottom of the foot cause heel pain. Learn more about our podiatry services.

Neurosurgery

Our team provides a broad range of spinal surgeries. Our team is committed to helping you recover quickly, so you live life with less pain and more mobility.

We treat a wide variety of spinal injuries. Our spinal services include:

  • Spinal cord stimulation, which uses small electrical pulses to relieve chronic back pain
  • Minimally invasive lumbar fusion, a procedure that prevents movement on a painful area of your spine
  • Spinal instrumentation and implants such as plates, rods and screws that provide stability during recovery from a spinal fusion

Find out more about orthopedics and spinal surgery at St. Louise.

Balloon Sinuplasty for Sinusitis

St. Louise patients can have surgery for conditions affecting the sinuses, the spaces behind your eyes, forehead, nose and cheeks.

We treat:

  • Chronic sinusitis, a recurring sinus infection
  • Recurrent acute sinusitis, severe recurring infections

We offer balloon sinuplasty, which involves placing a small balloon in blocked sinus passages. This is a minimally invasive surgery so there is minimal bleeding and you recover quickly. In fact, many patients can return to their normal activities in as little as 24 hours.

Did You Know

St. Louise Regional Hospital performs more laparoscopic surgeries than many hospitals. Laparoscopy involves a small incision rather than a larger one, leading to faster recovery and fewer complications.

Surgeons at St. Louise Regional Hospital are experienced in performing minimally invasive surgery, often using laparoscopic or endoscopic techniques:

  • Laparoscopy, also known as keyhole surgery, uses one or a few small incisions rather than one long one. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery, helping patients recover faster and lowering the risk of infections.
  • Endoscopy uses a thin, flexible instrument that is inserted into your digestive tract to diagnose and treat problems. Endoscopic therapies allow you to avoid surgery altogether. We typically perform endoscopies as an outpatient procedure.

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Acid Reflux

St. Louise is one of 3 hospitals in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Benito counties that provides the LINXTM device for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This device is a small ring that prevents stomach acid from backing up into your esophagus. Surgeons implant this device laparoscopically.

We are also one of the only hospitals in the area that offers the BARRXTM procedure for Barrett’s esophagus. The BARRX procedure uses radiofrequency ablation (heat generated by electrical current) to remove abnormal cells lining the lower esophagus. By removing these potentially cancerous cells, the procedure can reduce your risk of esophageal cancer.

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal)

Our surgeons perform a high volume of cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) operations, giving us a depth of expertise in this procedure. Doctors typically recommend cholecystectomy for conditions that include cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation) and gallstones.

Your gallbladder is a small organ beneath your liver that contains a digestive fluid called bile. When gallstones or bile duct tumors cause bile to back up, it can cause cholecystitis and even gallbladder rupture. Because your body can function without a gallbladder, removal is often the most effective treatment. Learn more about gastrointestinal and colorectal procedures at St. Louise.

Common Bile Duct Procedures

Your bile duct is a tube that carries bile from your liver and gallbladder to your duodenum, the first part of your small intestine. Gallstones that travel to the bile duct and create a blockage can damage your gallbladder, liver and pancreas, the organ that produces insulin to control blood sugar.

Gastroenterologists at St. Louise use endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) to diagnose and treat conditions of the common bile duct. This endoscopic procedure allows physicians to see inside the bile duct, break up stones and place stents (hollow tubes) if needed. ERCP is an outpatient procedure.

Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

Our surgeons handle a large number of laparoscopic hernia repairs. A hernia is where intestine (or other internal tissue) bulges through your abdominal wall. Hernias can result from a variety of causes, including:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Abdominal surgery, which may create a weak spot
  • Bowel injury
  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Persistent coughing
  • Frequent straining during bowel movements

Laparoscopic hernia repair is a minimally invasive procedure that lets you avoid open surgery. For patients, that means less pain and lower risk of infection after surgery. Find out more about gastrointestinal and colorectal procedures we offer.

Laparoscopic Appendectomy

Surgeons at St. Louise perform laparoscopic appendectomy (appendix removal) to treat appendicitis, an infection of your appendix. The appendix is a small, pencil-sized organ on the right side of your abdomen. It has no known function, which is why doctors will remove it when it becomes infected.

We are committed to performing minimally invasive surgery whenever possible. While other centers may perform an open procedure, we will always attempt appendectomy laparoscopically first. This means a shorter recovery for you, less risk of infection and a smaller scar.

Laparoscopic Colectomy

Laparoscopic colectomy is a minimally invasive procedure where surgeons remove part of your colon (large intestine). St. Louise surgeons perform laparoscopic colectomy for conditions that include:

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Diverticulitis, a condition where pouches that line your lower digestive tract become infected or inflamed
  • Colon cancer

Urology Procedures

Urologists at St. Louise perform several minimally invasive procedures. These procedures include:

  • Interstim® therapy: The Interstim device is for patients with bowel or urinary incontinence. Doctors implant the device near your tailbone using a minimally invasive procedure. The device uses tiny electrical pulses to stimulate the nerves controlling the bladder and related muscles.
  • Laparoscopic lithotripsy: Lithotripsy is a procedure that uses ultrasound waves to break up kidney stones that are too large to pass through your urinary tract.
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy: Your adrenal gland sits above your kidneys. Surgeons can perform laparoscopic adrenalectomy (adrenal gland removal) if imaging tests reveal adrenal tumors or masses.

Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery

St. Louise’s orthopedics department is known for sports medicine and joint reconstruction. Whenever possible, our orthopedic surgeons use minimally invasive techniques to help patients get back to their normal lives faster.

Minimally invasive orthopedic procedures available at St. Louise include:

  • Hip arthroscopy: During this procedure, we make a small incision in the hip to insert compact surgical instruments. Our orthopedists can then diagnose and treat certain hip problems without performing a full surgery.
  • Anterior hip replacement: This minimally invasive alternative to traditional hip replacement involves a small incision on the front of your hip. It is an advanced procedure not commonly found at many hospitals.
  • Plantar fascia release: Our podiatry specialists offer endoscopic plantar fascia release for plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes heel pain. Patients recover faster from endoscopic plantar fascia release than from traditional surgery. You may be back to wearing regular shoes within 4 weeks.

Balloon Sinuplasty for Sinusitis

Our specialists offer balloon sinuplasty for infections of the sinuses, the cavities (spaces) that sit behind your eyes, forehead, nose and cheeks. We treat:

  • Chronic sinusitis, a recurring sinus infection
  • Recurrent acute sinusitis, severe recurring infections

During balloon sinuplasty, surgeons place a small balloon in blocked sinus passages. Compared to traditional sinus surgery, this minimally invasive procedure has less bleeding and a faster recovery. You may be back to your normal activities within 24 hours.

At St. Louise Regional Hospital, our skilled surgeons offer a wide range of minimally invasive gastrointestinal and colorectal procedures. Whenever possible, we use laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures to minimize your discomfort and help you recover quickly.

Laparoscopic procedures

Our surgeons are experts in laparoscopic procedures, which use one or a few small incisions rather than a long incision. Compared to open surgery, these procedures result in a shorter recovery time and a lower risk of post-surgical infection.

Endoscopic procedures

Doctors can also perform certain procedures endoscopically, by inserting a thin, flexible tube down the throat into the digestive tract. Endoscopy allows physicians to diagnose and treat you without surgery, often during an outpatient procedure.

LINX® Device for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

St. Louise will be the only hospital in the area that offers the LINX® device for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This device is a small magnetic ring that prevents stomach acid from entering your esophagus. We implant the device during a laparoscopic procedure.

Compared to traditional GERD treatments, the LINX® device is more effective at controlling reflux symptoms and has fewer side effects. The procedure also helps avoid potential complications associated with long-term use of acid reflux medications.

BARRX™ Procedure for Barrett’s Esophagus

St. Louise is one of the only hospitals in Santa Clara County that provides the BARRX® procedure for Barrett’s Esophagus. This endoscopic treatment can reduce your risk of esophageal cancer if you have Barrett’s Esophagus resulting from GERD.

The BARRX® procedure uses radiofrequency ablation (heat generated by electrical current) to remove abnormal cells lining the lower esophagus. Removing these potentially cancerous cells allows healthy cells to grow in their place.

Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal)

Our surgeons are experts at performing laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) for gallstones and cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation).

Your gallbladder is a small organ that sits beneath your liver and contains bile, a digestive fluid. When bile gets backed up due to gallstones or bile duct tumors, it can cause cholecystitis and lead to gallbladder rupture. Gallbladder removal is often the most effective treatment for gallstones or cholecystitis, as your digestive system can function without this organ.

Common Bile Duct Procedures

The bile duct carries bile from your liver and gallbladder to your small intestine. Gallstones that move to the bile duct and create a blockage can damage the gallbladder, liver and pancreas (where insulin is made).

Our gastroenterologists use minimally invasive endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the common bile duct. Unlike open surgery, ERCP is an outpatient procedure.

During ERCP, we will:

  1. Place a small, flexible tube down your throat to view the bile duct.
  2. Break apart stones.
  3. Implant stents (hollow tubes) to relieve blockages.

Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

St. Louise surgeons perform a high volume of laparoscopic hernia repairs, giving us a depth of expertise in this procedure. A hernia occurs when internal tissue, such as intestinal tissue, bulges through the abdominal wall.

Hernias have many causes, including:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Abdominal surgery, which may create a weak spot
  • Bowel injury
  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Persistent coughing
  • Frequent straining during bowel movements

Laparoscopic hernia repair is a minimally invasive technique that allows you to avoid open surgery. Laparoscopy results in less pain and a lower risk of post-surgical infection. Learn more about minimally invasive surgery.

Laparoscopic Colectomy

Laparoscopic colectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows surgeons to operate on your colon (large intestine). We make a few tiny incisions in your abdomen. Then, we insert a small video camera through one incision and small surgical tools through the other incisions. Compared to open surgery, laparoscopic colectomy has a faster recovery and lower risk of infection.

Our colorectal surgeons perform laparoscopic colectomy for several conditions, including:

  • Bowel obstructions
  • Diverticulitis, a condition where pouches lining the lower digestive tract become inflamed or infected
  • Colon cancer

Colonoscopy

St. Louise offers colonoscopy as part of routine screening recommended for men and women ages 50 to 75. A colonoscopy lets physicians see inside your colon to diagnose polyps and tumors. This outpatient procedure involves inserting a thin, flexible camera into your colon through your rectum.

Unlike most facilities, St. Louise uses carbon dioxide instead of regular air to inflate the colon. Using carbon dioxide makes patients more comfortable because it allows them to more easily expel the gas after the procedure.

At St. Louise Regional Hospital, our cardiac team has extensive experience in performing procedures to implant pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). We may recommend this surgery if you have atrial fibrillation (AFib) or other heart rhythm abnormalities, called arrhythmias.

Getting a pacemaker or ICD implanted is a relatively fast procedure that does not require open heart surgery. The surgeon will implant the pacemaker under the skin in your upper chest while you are under anesthesia. Patients usually go home the next day.

How these devices work:

  • Pacemaker: Keeps your heart beating in the correct rhythm, sending signals as needed if your heart begins to slow down
  • ICD: Provides a shock to your heart in the event you have a heart attack

Cardiac Conditions We Treat

Your cardiologist may recommend a pacemaker and/or ICD if you have atrial fibrillation (AFib) or persistent bradycardia (slow heart rate).

Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of arrhythmia. Symptoms include:

  • Fatigue, weakness or shortness of breath
  • Rapid, irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness or confusion