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Emergency surgery treats an urgent or life-threatening condition. It is necessary immediately in order to preserve a body part or save your life.
When you come to an emergency room at Dignity Health, we will diagnose your condition and determine whether you need emergency surgery in the Sacramento region. You can trust our doctors and care teams to provide reliable, personalized treatment, even in an emergency situation. Call 911 to receive fast emergency transport, or use our online waiting service, InQuicker™, to select your estimated arrival time at a Dignity Health ER.
Emergency surgery takes place in a hospital. Emergency surgeons, trauma surgeons, general surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and cardiothoracic surgeons can all perform emergency surgery. These types of surgeons are on call at our hospitals in order to provide care at any time of the day or night.
All of our six hospitals in the Sacramento area are able to meet your emergency medical needs. Woodland Healthcare, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, and Mercy General Hospital feature accredited chest pain centers. In addition, Mercy San Juan Medical Center serves patients with our Level 2 Trauma Center and the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in the region.
Recovery after emergency depends on the type of emergency. It can range from a short period of time to a lengthy recovery. You may or may not require rehabilitation.
For example, you may only need rest and recuperation after emergency gallbladder removal. However, the road to recovery after emergency surgery for a spinal cord injury can be extensive.
You may need emergency surgery for the following conditions:
Our caring professionals use advanced technologies and techniques during emergency surgery, and provide personal care from diagnosis to recovery.