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Surgery Department


Fayette Medical Center

The Surgery Department at Fayette Medical Center provides both inpatient and outpatient surgical services. The department consists of a Same Day Surgery Unit, five surgical suites, a five-bed recovery room and sterile processing. In addition to general surgery, many laparoscopic cases are performed at Fayette Medical Center.

Other procedures that are traditionally performed as open cases, such as bowel resections, thoracic procedures, and appendectomies, have successfully been performed laparoscopically at Fayette Medical Center. Laparoscopic gall bladder surgery, which is a common procedure at most facilities, is also available.

The Surgery Department also provides endoscopic services such as colonoscopy and gastroscopy.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
The minimally invasive breast biopsy procedure performed at FMC is done with a device that allows doctors to biopsy suspicious tissue through a tiny incision in less than 15 minutes with an immediate recovery. Biopsies are used to obtain a sample of suspicious tissue that will be examined by a pathologist to determine the presence of cancer.

During the procedure with FMC’s stereotactic breast biopsy device, a woman lies on a table while the doctor places a probe through an incision about the size of a match head. Using ultrasound or X-ray imaging, the doctor can accurately pinpoint the suspicious tissue and gently vacuum, cut and remove this tissue for further examination. Only a small adhesive bandage is required to cover the incision. The procedure typically takes less than 15 minutes, and women can return to normal activity immediately following the biopsy.

Other breast biopsy techniques include open excisional biopsy or minimally invasive approaches, including fine needle aspiration, a core needle biopsy or a vacuum-assisted biopsy. Breast cancer experts prefer the minimally invasive biopsy.

Any breast biopsy procedure may present risks. Patients should consult with their doctors to see which type of breast biopsy procedure is appropriate for them.





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