Emergency surgery is surgery to treat a life-threatening or urgently serious condition. It is sometimes called trauma surgery. Since emergency surgery is not something you plan, it is considered a type of non-elective surgery. It may be necessary in order to save your life or preserve a body part.
If you need to visit the emergency room, use the Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals online waiting service to select your estimated arrival time for emergency surgery in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
When to Seek Emergency Surgery
You may need emergency surgery for a range of conditions, including:
- Heart emergencies, including aortic dissection, heart attack, and aneurysms.
- Gastrointestinal and abdominal events, including gallbladder infections, bowel obstructions, and appendicitis.
- Lung conditions, including obstructions and pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in an artery going to your lung).
- Penetrating trauma such as stab wounds and gunshots.
- Severe burns, including burns that cover up to 90 percent of a person’s body.
- High-energy trauma, including car accidents, crush injuries, falls, and sports- and work-related injuries.
- Neurologic events, including brain aneurysms and stroke.
- Brain and spinal cord injuries, including spinal cord compression; brain hemorrhage (bleeding); and back, neck, and spine fracture.
Surgical Specialties We Offer
Emergency surgery takes place in a Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospital. Surgeons are on call in order to provide care at any time of the day or night. A variety of surgeons perform emergency surgery, including:
- Trauma surgeons
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Cardiothoracic surgeons
- Emergency surgeons
- General surgeons
Hospitals with high-level trauma centers, such as the Level III Trauma Unit at our Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican, Siena Campus, have a broader range of specialists available for emergency surgeries than other hospitals.
General surgical risks include infection, bleeding, reaction to anesthesia, and blood clots. Other possible risks depend on the type of surgery. For emergency surgery, death is a possibility. However, it may also be a possibility without surgery in some cases.
Recovering After Emergency Surgery
Recovery after emergency surgery depends on the type of emergency and the type of surgery. It can range from a short period of time to a lengthy recovery. It may or may not require rehabilitation. For example, emergency surgery for a spinal cord injury can be difficult and extensive. However, emergency gallbladder removal may only involve rest and recuperation.
The potentially life-saving benefit of emergency surgery usually outweighs the risks and potential complications.
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals offers emergency services, including emergency surgery, in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.