BMC HOSPITALS

Surgery

Surgery

Our multidisciplinary team approach ensures our board-certified physicians, nurses, therapists and other healthcare professionals meet the growing needs of patients in the Baytown community. One of our attentive and knowledgeable team members will take the time to walk you through your care plan and ensure all your questions, clinical, billing and otherwise, are answered. Post-procedure you can rest and recover in one of our private inpatient rooms under the watchful care of our skilled team of post-surgical unit nurses, making sure you’re progressing according to plan and getting back to your life quickly.

You Will Conveniently Find The Following Amenities Available During Your Stay At BMC Hospital.

COMPASSIONATE, PERSONALIZED CARE

As a truly state-of-the-art facility, BMC Hospital Center offers the community access to the latest healthcare technology, along with the highest quality personalized care. Whether you require diagnostic imaging or surgery, you can trust BMC Hospital for comprehensive care in a convenient setting, customized to meet your individual needs.

BMC Hospital is certified by Medicare and accredited by DNV-GL. At BMC Hospital, we pride ourselves on providing a safe, convenient care for inpatient and outpatient surgeries along with the highest level of satisfaction to patients and physicians alike.

Our multidisciplinary team approach ensures our board-certified physicians, nurses, therapists and other healthcare professionals meet the growing needs of patients in the Baytown community. One of our attentive and knowledgeable team members will take the time to walk you through your care plan and ensure all your questions, clinical, billing and otherwise, are answered. Post-procedure you can rest and recover in one of our private inpatient rooms under the watchful care of our skilled team of post-surgical unit nurses, making sure you’re progressing according to plan and getting back to your life quickly.

BMC Hospital aims to provide patients with optimal treatment solutions in a calming, positive environment

In-Patient and Outpatient Surgeries

We provide the following services

Surgical and Non-surgical procedures for the musculoskeletal system, including sports-related injuries.

Plastic surgery is the practice of reshaping the body for medical or cosmetic reasons. Such procedures include reconstruction for the body and face due to burns, trauma, or otherwise.

Foot health plays a vital role in our everyday activities. If your pain or injury is not healing with home treatments or over-the-counter medicine, it’s time to consider visiting one of our foot doctors in Houston or Baytown. About 25% of Americans who have experienced foot pain have seen a physician about their ailment, and only 12% of that amount have visited a podiatrist.

Most people don’t realize how much they take their feet for granted until they experience some sort of pain and discomfort or illness. Because we’re basically on our feet all day, our lower extremities are more susceptible to injuries, fractures, and sprains. While most minor injuries can be treated with a foot/ankle wrap or cold compresses, surgery may be needed for pain and injuries that are more severe.

While the recovery time from foot surgery depends on the severity of the injury, a consultation with a foot and ankle specialist is recommended, so that you receive informative advice on the type of surgery that best meets your needs.

PODIATRIC SURGERY OVERVIEW

Podiatric surgery treats the condition and function of the foot through both simple and complex procedures, ranging from bunion correction and tendon repair to ankle arthroscopy and flat foot reconstruction.

It is a difficult decision for many to decide whether or not foot or ankle surgery is the best route for them. An estimated four in 10 Americans who have experienced foot ailments rely on over-the-counter and self-treatments for pain relief. Of this group, 3 in 10 choose to do nothing to relieve their pain.

A podiatrist will generally recommend surgery as a final option for treatment of a foot condition or injury. Foot and ankle surgery can significantly relieve your pain and return function to damaged areas such as the bone, joint, ligament or tendon. Whether you’re needing a simple treatment or surgery, our foot and ankle doctors are fully equipped to handle all your podiatric needs!

CONDITIONS TREATED AT ALTUS

Podiatry involves the medical or surgical treatment of disorders related to the feet, ankle, or lower extremities. Our podiatrists are experts in many sub-specialties of medicine, including internal medicine, sports medicine, geriatrics, and more. At Altus, we focus on the medical and surgical management of chronic pain, including these common podiatry disorders and symptoms:

  • Birth deformities and other foot problems in children
  • Arthritis in the foot and ankle
  • Fractures in the foot and ankle
  • Foot problems in people with diabetes
  • Sports injuries, especially in the ankle
  • Heel pain
  • High-arched and flat feet
  • Bunions
  • Toe discomfort

COMMON TYPES OF PODIATRIC DISORDERS

Many factors can cause foot pain such as injuries, overuse, and inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the foot. The foot can also be the place to reveal symptoms of severe disorders such as arthritis, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. However, most foot pain can be attributed to ill-fitting shoes or high-heels.

Approximately eight in 10 Americans experience foot ailments due to wearing ill-fitting or uncomfortable shoes and high-heels. People usually feel foot pain in the toes, the forefoot or the hindfoot. Some of the most common reported foot ailments in the U.S. are Achilles tendinitis, arthritis, bunions, and heel pain.

ACHILLES TENDONITIS

Achilles tendinitis is common among runners (sprinters) who suddenly increase the intensity or duration of their runs. It’s also common in middle-aged people who play recreational sports.

When there’s overuse of the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone, Achilles tendonitis will often occur.

Causes of Achilles tendonitis:

  • Repetitive or intense strain on the Achilles tendon
  • Postural problems such as flatfoot or high-arched foot
  • Aging
  • High-intensity workouts
  • Running on hard or uneven surfaces
  • Wearing incorrect or worn out shoes while running or exercising

Treatment for most cases of this condition includes over-the-counter pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, NeoProfen, etc.) or with a prescription drug such as piroxicam (Feldene). Other treatments may include physical therapy or surgical repair for more severe conditions.

ARTHRITIS OF FOOT AND ANKLE

Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis, which is also a common cause of foot and ankle pain. Arthritis occurs when there are inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints. There are three types of arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Gout.

The symptoms vary depending on the type of arthritis, but many will feel pain or aching, stiffness, swelling, redness or less range motion in their joints. However, about half of the people in their 60s and 70s that have this condition may not exhibit any symptoms.

Causes of arthritis in foot and ankle include:

  • Genes
  • Weight
  • Age
  • Injury and overuse
  • Bone deformities

Most treatments for arthritis of the foot and ankle include over-the-counter medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Other treatments include steroid injections, physical therapy, weight loss, orthotics such as pads in your shoes or custom-made braces, and surgery for more serious cases.

BUNION

Bunions are a deformity commonly experienced by women due to wearing narrow, pointed-toe high-heels or tight shoes. Also known as hallux valgus, a bunion is a bump that forms at the base of your big toe. A bunion typically forms when your big toe pushes against the second toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to out. Tailor’s Bunion (bunionettes) can also develop on the joint of your little toe. The skin over the bunion can become inflamed, turn red, stiff and sore.

Causes for bunions include:

  • Genetics
  • Arthritis
  • Foot injuries
  • Age
  • Deformities present at birth (congenital)
  • Wearing improper fitting shoes

Most bunion treatments consist of medications such as acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), ibuprofen, and naproxen. Other treatments include shoe inserts, changing shoes, night splints that keep the toes straight during sleep, bunion shields or bandages, orthotics, and surgery such as bunionectomy for more severe cases.

HEEL PAIN

With 43% of Americans suffering from this condition, heel pain is the most common foot ailment. This pain occurs when weight is placed on the heel causing extreme discomfort. The three most common types of heel pain are heel spurs (plantar fasciitis), heel bursitis (subcalcaneal bursitis), and heel bumps. Six in 10 Americans reported having heel pain within the past year, and also have had trouble performing various daily activities.

While heel pain generally lasts for a short period of time, some conditions can turn into chronic pain, leaving people in a disabling state.

Causes of heel pain include:

  • Repetitive injuries or stress
  • Lower back problems
  • Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis (bottom of the heel)
  • Achilles tendinitis (back of the heel)

Most heel pain can be treated with over-the-counter medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, and ibuprofen. Other treatments include stretching, foot supports, proper footwear with good arch support, and surgery for severe ailments.

COMMON PODIATRY PROCEDURES

Whether you require minor treatment or surgery, Altus Hospital offers the highest quality care in an environment that is convenient, and customized to meet your individual needs. Some of the podiatric procedures we offer include:

  • Bunionectomy
  • Hammer toe repair
  • Excision of soft tissue masses
  • Achilles tendon repair
  • Partial amputation of foot or toes
  • Debridement of infected tissue

POST PROCEDURE

Post-procedure you will be monitored under the watchful care of our skilled team of post-surgical unit nurses, to ensure you’re on track for a speedy recovery.

At Altus Hospitals, we believe that healing starts with a community. At Altus, you are family! We welcome you to find out more about our services and commitment to patient care by exploring our website, or by visiting our state-of-the-art hospitals located in Houston and Baytown.

Urologists provide treatment and procedures for diseases relating to the male and female urinary tract. These specialists are crucial for preventing and curing medical conditions such as urinary tract infections, prostate, urinary incontinence, sexual disorders like erectile dysfunction, and many cancers, including those of the kidneys, bladder, and testicles.

Vascular specialists are experts when it comes to the circulatory system. Vascular procedures include like thrombolysis or venous ablation that treat blood clots, varicose veins, and other vein issues.

Altus Weight Management Center is made up of highly qualified and experienced surgeons and support staff who are committed to helping patients achieve their weight loss goals through many of the latest and safest weight loss procedures. Our procedures, including Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Altus Lap Band, are provided in state-of-the-art, comfortable locations convenient to the communities we serve.

Our team members include physicians, nurses and technicians who have been trained in all aspects of weight loss surgical procedures and post-operative recovery and support. We also have team members who have been trained to work with patients and payers to determine coverage and payment options.

Plastic surgery of this kind is non-cosmetic in nature, meaning they are intended to correct some dysfunction rather than enhancing image. Such procedures include reconstruction or reduction. These procedures are intended to alleviate chronic pain or trauma, such as burns, birth disorders, or more.

An Ear, Nose, and Throat specialty (commonly referred to as ENT) focuses on your your upper-respiratory system. ENT specialists diagnoses problems such as ear or sinus infections, throat disorders, hearing loss, complications due to allergies, and more.

Gastroenterologists treat ailments to the digestive tract and most major organs, including esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. These specialists often use endoscopic procedures like colonoscopy and enteroscopy to uncover potential problems.

There are numerous reasons why people choose the option of surgery for treatment. If surgery is your answer to a better quality of life, then reach out to any of our board-certified general surgeons in Houston or Baytown. General surgeons perform evaluations and surgery on medical conditions involving almost every area of the body including the endocrine system, gastrointestinal tract, breast, colon, liver, pancreas and rectum.

GENERAL SURGERY OVERVIEW

Our general specialists are tasked with problems stemming from the neck and below, including the abdomen and intestines. Due to our holistic approach, which accounts for a patient’s complete well-being, visiting a general specialist is often the first step toward a diagnosis. Regardless of your medical condition, our surgeons are fully equipped to handle all your surgical needs!

CONDITIONS TREATED AT ALTUS

General surgery focuses on surgery of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. It can also include surgery of the thyroid gland (depending on the availability of head and neck surgery specialists), and treating diseases involving the skin, breast, soft tissue, and hernias.

COMMON TYPES OF GENERAL SURGERIES

APPENDECTOMY

Appendicitis is a condition that causes pain in your lower stomach area. This inflammation occurs due to infection in the appendix. The finger-shaped pouch projects from your colon on the lower right side of your abdomen where the pain from the inflammation is generally felt. As the condition worsens, so does the pain which often leads to surgery for relief.

Causes of appendicitis:

  • Infection
  • Blockage – can include stool or cancer. Once blocked, bacteria in the trapped stool can infect the appendix.

Treatment for appendicitis is most often done through an appendectomy, where the appendix is surgically removed.

BREAST BIOPSY

A breast biopsy evaluates suspicious areas, lumps, or unusual changes in your breast to determine if the tissue is cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign). Cells from the area of concern are removed and examined under a microscope. This procedure is the only way to properly diagnose if the sample tissue examined is cancerous.

Your doctor might recommend a certain biopsy procedure based on several factors that includes appearance, size, location and other characteristics of the breast abnormalities. The three most commonly used biopsy procedures are: fine-needle aspiration, core-needle biopsy, and surgical biopsy.

Causes for a breast biopsy:

  • Lump is felt during breast exam
  • Mammogram shows a suspicious area in your breast
  • Ultrasound scan reveals finding of concern
  • MRI reveals a suspicious finding
  • Unusual nipple or areolar changes (crusting, scaling, dimpling skin or bloody discharge)

The results from your breast biopsy will help determine if additional surgery or other treatment is needed. While most results from biopsies are found to be noncancerous, it is always best ( and quite normal) to seek a second opinion after getting your final results.

CHOLECYSTECTOMY

If you suffer from or have suffered from gallstone complications, chances are a cholecystectomy has come up in conversations with your doctor. Your gallbladder (a pear-shaped organ) collects and stores bile, which is a digestive fluid produced in your liver. A cholecystectomy is needed if you begin to experience pain from gallstones, an infection occurs, or becomes cancerous.

Causes for gallbladder removal:

  • Gallstones in the gallbladder (cholelithiasis)
  • Gallstones in the bile duct (choledocholithiasis)
  • Gallbladder inflammation or infection (cholecystitis)
  • Pancreas inflammation due to gallstones (pancreatitis)
  • Cancer

In most cases, treatment for removing the gallbladder is done by two surgical procedures: traditional (open) method and laparoscopic (less invasive) method. Both of these procedures carry a small risk for complications, and most patients go home the same day of the procedure.

HERNIA SURGERY RECOVERY

Hernias are very common ailments which affect both adults and children. This condition occurs when the intestine protrudes through the abdominal muscles at the navel. While some people are born with weak abdominal muscles and are more likely to develop a hernia, straining muscles in the abdominal area can contribute to getting a hernia as well. Two of the four most common hernias include hiatal and umbilical hernias.

HIATAL HERNIA

A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach pushes upward through the diaphragm. Your diaphragm has a small opening (hiatus) through which your food tube (esophagus) passes on its way to connect to your stomach. Most hernias of this condition have no symptoms, however, heartburn and abdominal discomfort are some symptoms of some cases linked to this hernia.

Causes for hiatal hernia:

  • Injury to the area
  • Born with a large hiatal opening
  • Persistent and intense pressure on the surrounding muscles (i.e. pregnancy, obesity, coughing, vomiting, or straining during a bowel movement)
  • Weakening of the diaphragm due to age or pressure on the abdomen

Treatment for hiatal hernias depend on the severity of the condition. Over-the-counter medications such as antacids and other medications to reduce acid production help neutralize the acid in both the stomach and esophagus. Surgical repair is recommended for more severe conditions.

UMBILICAL HERNIA

An umbilical hernia occurs when part of the intestine protrudes through the abdomen near the navel. Umbilical hernias are common among infants, usually harmless, but can affect adults as well. With infants, the hernia is most noticeable when they cry, causing the baby’s bellybutton to stick out. Most hernias of this condition close on their own by the time a child reaches 2 years-old.

Adults can also develop umbilical hernias. Those who are overweight, pregnant, and those who put constant pressure on the abdomen area are at a higher risk of developing this condition.

Causes for umbilical hernia surgery (in adults):

  • Obesity
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Fluid in the abdomen (ascites)
  • Previous abdominal surgery
  • Chronic peritoneal dialysis
  • Straining the abdominal area (coughing and chronic constipation)

Because the umbilical hernia tends to get bigger over time, surgery is typically needed to ease the pain or discomfort.

Treatment for Children
If the umbilical hernia hasn’t healed by the time a child is 4 or 5 years-old, surgery is usually recommended if the child is experiencing pain and other complications.

Treatment for Adults
Surgical removal is generally recommended for adults because the risk for complications are higher and the condition most likely won’t heal on its own.

COMMON SURGERY PROCEDURES

Whether you require medication or surgery, Altus Hospital offers the highest quality care in an environment that is convenient, and customized to meet your individual needs. Some of the general surgery procedures we offer include:

  • Removal of the appendix (Appendectomy)
  • Gallbladder removal (Cholecystectomy)
  • Hemorrhoid removal (Hemorrhoidectomy)
  • Hernia repair
  • Excision of lesions
  • Excision of cyst
  • Breast biopsy
  • Gastric bypass surgery

POST PROCEDURE

Post-procedure you will be monitored under the watchful care of our skilled team of post-surgical unit nurses to ensure that you’re on track for a speedy recovery.

At Altus Hospitals, we believe that healing starts with a community. At Altus, you are family! We welcome you to find out more about our services and commitment to patient care by exploring our website, or by visiting our state-of-the-art hospitals located in Houston and Baytown.

Gynecologists, commonly referred to as OBGYNs, focus on women’s reproductive health and breasts. Reasons for seeing a gynecologist include yearly checkups, sexually transmitted diseases, breast examinations/cancer prevention, and more.

Hand specialists, or orthopedists, relieve pain associated with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Neurosurgeons are experts when it comes to the human nervous system, which includes the brain, spine, and nerves. Reasons for neurosurgery include disease prevention, diagnosis, and rehabilitation.

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