When you have surgery at Ohio Valley Hospital, you will find yourself in a modern, comfortable space designed to help the healing process. You will also meet our caring and competent staff. Our physicians, anesthesiologists, nurses, and surgical technicians work as a well-coordinated team to ensure your experience is as stress-free and painless as possible.
Integral to our total care plan are the tranquil surroundings that help soothe and comfort our patients, along with ample waiting rooms for their families. Our waiting room features books you may take home from Robinson Township Library.
Using both traditional and minimally-invasive techniques, our doctors offer surgical services that include a wide range of specialties.
We perform more than 5,000 procedures annually in a total of 6 operating suites.
Our state of the art technologies mean we perform inpatient, outpatient, and robotics surgical procedures. We offer same-day surgery and a post-anesthesia care unit, and can accommodate most types of surgeries.
Surgical Services We Offer
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Orthopedics/joint replacement surgery
- Ear, nose, and throat surgery
- Gynecological surgery
- General surgery
- Oncology surgery
- Vascular and thoracic surgery
- Urological surgery
- Podiatric surgery
- Plastic surgery
- Epidural blocks
- Endoscopies and colonoscopies
Types of Surgical Procedures
Traditional (i.e. Open) Surgery is the type of surgery where a long incision is made for the surgeon to be able to insert surgical instruments into the body. This allows the surgeon to have direct access into the patient’s body. This is the method that has been used for hundreds of years. The advantage of traditional surgery is that it allows the surgeon’s hands to enter into the body so that they have room to use the tools needed to complete the surgical procedure. With an open approach, the incision for a typical appendectomy is approximately 4 inches long.
Laparoscopic surgery (i.e. minimally invasive surgery) is a modern surgical technique in which operations are performed far from their location through small incisions (usually 0.5-1.5 cm) elsewhere in the body. This surgery utilizes a thin, lighted tube to enter through a smaller incision into the body. This is often used in procedures in which take place in the area of the abdominal organs or the female pelvic organs. It is used to find problems such as cysts, adhesions, fibroids, and infection. The tube (laparoscope) can be used to obtain tissue samples for biopsies.
Robotic-assisted surgery is another form of minimally-invasive surgery. This technique also allows surgeons to perform operations far from their location. When comparing a typical laparoscopic surgery, which requires four incisions, robotic-assisted surgery only requires one incision. It uses four interactive robotic arms; three of the arms are for tools that consist of a scalpel and scissors while the forth arm is an endoscopic camera with two lenses. The endoscopic camera gives the surgeon a 3-D image of the patient, at 10 times magnification, during the procedure.
For more information on Robotic-Assisted surgery, please visit our da Vinci® Robotic-Assisted Surgery page.
If you are scheduled for surgery, please take a look at our Ohio Valley Hospital Surgery Booklet.
Location and Contact Us
Our Outpatient and Critical Care suites are located on the 4th floor of the Main Hospital. You may access this floor by taking the elevator located at either end of the 1st floor.
For more information, please contact us at 412-777-6161.