Departments & Services

Surgical Services

When it comes to surgery, Matagorda Regional Medical Center relies on the latest technology, highly-trained physicians and expert nursing care. MRMC’s Surgical Services Department provides general and vascular surgery and a full spectrum of specialized services.

With the support of advanced technology and a goal of swift recovery, MRMC’s surgery team is dedicated to meeting your surgical needs.

Ambulatory Care includes same-day surgery, gastrointestinal (GI) and pulmonary endoscopy, and the Pain Clinic. Other services include administration of IV antibiotics, blood transfusions and minor procedures. “Get it done yesterday” — that’s today’s lifestyle. MRMC is keeping up the pace through state-of-the-art surgical techniques. For example, gallbladder surgery used to mean a four- to six-day hospital stay with six- to eight-weeks recovery time. Now you can have gallbladder surgery and go home the same day. Incisions get smaller as technology continues to advance. MRMC has developed a one-stop surgery department based on this concept. All in one day — get ready for surgery, have the surgery, and recover. We have what it takes to get you back on your feet.

Endoscopy is one of our more common procedures. An endoscope is a flexible fiber-optic tube that transfers live images to a television screen. Physicians using an endoscopy can visualize abnormalities, such as bleeding sites, polyps (tissue growths), swelling or tumors and then print their findings on a photograph. The physician can diagnose, treat and document abnormalities, usually within one or two hours after the procedure. Patients often wonder if they will go to sleep during these procedures. We give what is called moderate sedation. You are given medication that makes you drowsy, but you are still able to respond to the physician and the nurses. Most patients do not remember their procedures. You will need a ride home, and should not drive the rest of the day.

For slightly more complicated surgeries, the physician may require the use of our operating room suites. With today’s advanced technology, however, the patient may still be able to come and go in the same day via our day surgery unit.

Endoscopy means looking inside. It typically refers to looking inside the body for medical reasons using an endoscope (EHN-duh-skohp), an instrument used to examine the interior of a hollow organ or cavity of the body. Unlike most other medical imaging devices, endoscopes are inserted directly into the organ.

A Gynecologist is a physician who has specialized training in the health of the female reproductive system, including the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases. Typically, a gynecologist also is an obstetrician, and the education and training for both fields occurs concurrently. Thus, an obstetrician/gynecologist is a physician specialist who provides medical and surgical care to women and has particular expertise in pregnancy, childbirth, and disorders of the reproductive system. This includes preventative care, prenatal care, detection of sexually transmitted diseases, Pap test screening and family planning.

A cataract is a clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye or in its envelope, varying in degree from slight to complete opacity and obstructing the passage of light. Early in the development of age-related cataract the power of the lens may be increased, causing near-sightedness (myopia), and the gradual yellowing and opacification of the lens may reduce the perception of blue colors. Cataracts typically progress slowly to cause vision loss and are potentially blinding if untreated. The condition usually affects both the eyes, but almost always one eye is affected earlier than the other.

Pain medicine

doctors are experts at diagnosing why you are having pain as well as treating the pain itself. Some of the more common pain problems they manage include: arthritis, back and neck pain, cancer pain, nerve pain, migraine headaches, shingles, phantom limb pain for amputees and pain caused by AIDS.

They also manage acute pain caused by surgery, a debilitating illness or a serious injury. Examples include pain after a knee-joint replacement, pain during recovery from a car accident, pain following stomach or chest surgery or pain associated with sickle cell disease. You may be treated in the hospital or in an outpatient clinic.

  • The pain medicine doctor will work closely with your primary care doctor.
  • Pain medicine doctors will review your medical records and X-rays as needed.
  • They will ask you to describe your pain in detail, such as where it hurts, for how long, what makes the pain worse or what makes it feel better.
  • They may ask you to fill out a detailed questionnaire that helps them to assess the impact that your pain is having on your lifestyle and if it is interfering with your daily activities.
  • They also will do a complete physical examination on you.
  • They may need to order other tests and will then review all of their findings to determine what is causing your pain and how the problem can be corrected.

Doctors who manage pain are frequently anesthesiologists. Anesthesiologists are doctors of medicine (M.D.) or osteopathy (D.O.) who make sure that you are safe, pain-free and comfortable during and following surgery. They also provide their services in other areas of the hospital – especially in the labor and delivery area – or in doctors’ offices where painful medical tests or procedures are performed.

Medication alone may not be enough to manage certain kinds of pain. Some medicines are more effective in fighting pain when they are combined with other methods of treatment. In some cases, the patient’s pain condition may respond to treatment instead of medication. In fact, for some patients, certain therapies may eventually replace the need for taking any pain medicine, or less of it, over time. Here are a couple of the available treatments being used successfully to treat pain patients.

Injection treatments – Local anesthetics (such as Novocain®), with or without cortisone-like medicines, can be injected around nerve roots and into muscles or joints. These medicines reduce swelling, irritation, muscle spasms and abnormal nerve activity that can cause pain.

Nerve blocks – Often a group of nerves, called a plexus or ganglion, that causes pain to a specific organ or body region can be blocked with local anesthetics. If successful, another solution that numbs the nerves can then be injected.

Otolaryngology/Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) is the branch of medicine dealing with medical and surgical treatment of the head and neck, including the ears, nose and throat, and specializing in tonsil adenoid conditions, thyroid conditions, skin cancers of the head and neck, sleep disorders, nasal obstructive conditions, diseases of the ears, hearing loss, and balance disorders.

A General Surgeon is a specialist prepared to manage a broad spectrum of surgical conditions affecting almost any area of the body. The surgeon establishes the diagnosis and provides the preoperative, operative and postoperative care to surgical patients, and is usually responsible for the comprehensive management of trauma victims and the critically ill.

Vascular surgery is a specialty of surgery in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries and veins, are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction. The vascular surgeon is trained in the diagnosis and management of diseases affecting all parts of the vascular system except that of the heart and brain.

Orthopedic surgery or orthopedics (also spelled orthopaedics) is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and non-surgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.

Anesthesiology is the branch of medicine and medical specialty dealing with the provision of pain relief and the maintenance or restoration of a stable condition during and immediately following surgical, obstetrical and diagnostic procedures.