Emergency surgery is a nonelective surgery to treat an urgently serious or life-threatening condition. It is necessary immediately to preserve a body part or save your life.
At Dignity Health, our emergency care team is here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the following locations:
If you are experiencing a life-threatening symptom or injury, or signs of heart attack or stroke, immediately call 9-1-1.
Emergency surgery is sometimes needed for these conditions:
The potentially life-saving benefit of emergency surgery usually outweighs the risks.
Emergency surgery takes place in one of our convenient Dignity Health hospitals in the Bay Area or medical centers. A variety of surgeons are on-call to perform emergency surgery at any time of the day or night, including:
Your recovery period after emergency surgery depends on what type of surgery you had. Recovery times vary and may or may not require rehabilitation. For example, recovery after emergency surgery for a spinal cord injury can take weeks and include physical therapy, yet recovery after emergency gallbladder removal may only involve rest. Trust our doctors and staff to be there every step of the way.
Dignity Health provides emergency surgery in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.