Surgery Department

Surgical Specialities at Highland Hospital

Surgery Department at Highland Hospital

Highland offers a wide range of surgical specialties and is nationally recognized for bariatric, gynecology, gynecological oncology, and breast cancer surgery. The area’s finest surgeons are respected for their expertise in the newest technological advances in surgery including the latest minimally invasive daVinci® Surgical Systems. 

Bariatric Surgery 

Highland Hospital has the most experienced bariatric surgeons and the most comprehensive weight loss surgery program in the area. Highland is the only hospital in the region that has earned the designation as an “Accredited Bariatric Center” by the American College of Surgeons and is recognized for providing high quality, complete bariatric surgical care with a proven success rate. Education before surgery, nutrition and lifestyle counseling as well as post-surgery support are all integral to our program. The bariatric team specializes in minimally invasive surgery and offers both gastric band surgery and gastric bypass procedures.

Breast Surgery

The area’s top breast surgeons, new surgical suites and a dedicated Women’s inpatient unit make Highland a natural choice for breast surgery. Comprehensive services for women with breast cancer include exceptional medical oncologists, an outstanding radiation oncology department and additional support services. Traditional and minimally invasive options are available for women who need lumpectomies, mastectomies and related duct and lymph node procedures.

With three convenient locations, the Highland Breast Imaging Center is one of the few all-digital, full-service breast imaging and diagnostic centers in the area. We're committed to providing highly personalized quality service to all women.

Colorectal Surgery

Colorectal surgeons treat colorectal polyps, hemorrhoids and fissures as well as more complex colon and rectal cancers, gastrointestinal malignancies and benign and malignant tumors of the small intestines. Highland offers minimally invasive treatments and procedures which cause less trauma for patients and allow them to recover significantly faster. Our surgeons are skilled in laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

In addition, the Colorectal Physiology Center at Highland Hospital is the only medical program of its kind in the area – with the latest diagnostic equipment and treatment techniques. Here physicians and medical personnel who are specialists in colorectal disorders treat some of the most difficult and prevalent colorectal disorders. The Colorectal Physiology offers state-of-the-art imaging and other diagnostic procedures in a comfortable environment. A variety of non-surgical treatments, including dietary modification and biofeedback are available.

Otolaryngology  (Ear Nose & Throat) Surgery

The expertise of Highland otolaryngology surgeons ranges from basic procedures for tonsils, sinus and voice disorders to more complex surgeries for cancers of the thyroid, voice box, oral cavity or sinus, salivary gland, head and neck. Our specialists also perform parathyroid surgery as well as work with plastic surgeons to do reconstructive surgery for swallowing and functional rehabilitation after major head and neck resections.

General Surgery

General surgeons at Highland specialize in surgeries of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, bile ducts, and abdominal intestines. Highland is the ideal hospital for general surgery because of the expertise of our surgeons and our newly renovated facilities.

Gynecological and Obstetrical Surgery

As one of the area’s premier women’s health hospitals, Highland offers a full spectrum of surgeries focusing on pregnancy and child delivery as well as general female reproductive health. Highland ranks #1 in New York State in the use of a robotic approach for hysterectomies, and more women choose Highland for the procedure than any other hospital in the state. Our minimally invasive surgery techniques are used whenever possible in surgeries for incontinence, pelvic floor disorder, tubal ligations and gynecologic disorders to help women feel less discomfort and recover more quickly.

Gynecological Oncology Surgery

Highland Hospital is a trusted provider of women’s health care and is one of the preeminent centers of its kind for gynecologic oncology in New York State. Highland leads the state in the number of minimally invasive, robotic surgeries for gynecologic cancer performed each year.  All four surgeons in the division are in the top 10 in the state for robotic treatment of gynecologic cancers.

The Gynecologic Oncology Program at Highland Hospital has received Disease-Specific Certification for uterine and ovarian cancer from the Joint Commission, the nation’s main accrediting body in health care. In 2011 Highland Hospital was listed in US News & World Report’s first ever Best Regional Hospital rankings for the quality of its gynecologic specialty services.

Plastic Surgery

Highland Hospital plastic surgeons specialize in a number of reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. They are highly skilled in major head and neck surgeries as well as breast reconstruction techniques including implants and tissue expansion.

As part of its acclaimed Bariatric Surgery program, Highland offers body contouring surgery options through its Life After Weight Loss Program. These options include: tummy tuck, thighs and buttocks lift, arm lift, female breast reshaping, male chest reshaping, face and neck lift and liposuction.

Urological Surgery

Patients with diseases of the urinary tract or reproductive organs are cared for by Highland urology and gynecology urology surgeons. These surgeons also care for patients with conditions ranging from incontinence issues and bladder disorders to cancers of the prostate, urethra, bladder and kidneys. They also treat ureteral and kidney stones. Many procedures can be done using minimally invasive surgery techniques.

Vascular Surgery

Vascular Surgeons repair damaged or diseased blood vessels, arteries and veins. Our physicians work on vessels throughout the body to remove blockages, bypass diseased arteries and replace or bolster weak arteries. Highland surgeons specialize in renal access, carotid artery, as well as leg bypasses.

Highland now has the capability to perform endovascular surgeries. These hybrid operations combine intraoperative interventions, such as angioplasty, with traditional open surgery. Endovascular surgery allows surgeons to treat blood vessel disorders with a minimally invasive approach – from inside the vessels using vascular imaging equipment, balloons, stents, wires and catheters with the added help of a surgical exposure if needed.