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Surgery is a branch of medicine that involves treating diseases or injuries by adjusting or removing organs, tissues or bones. Surgery includes both necessary procedures, like cardiac surgery, or elective procedures, such as joint replacement.

Surgical care in Asheville, North Carolina

If surgery has you feeling unsettled, help starts here.

When surgery becomes necessary, Mission Hospital is proud to be a trusted resource for both routine and complex procedures. As a surgical hospital serving children, adults and seniors in Western North Carolina, our priority is positive outcomes for you and your family.

Related specialties

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Conditions we treat with surgery

While we always exhaust nonsurgical treatments before more serious intervention, some conditions can inevitably require surgery, including:

  • Abdominal issues
  • Breast complications
  • Cancers
  • Endocrine troubles
  • Gastrointestinal difficulties
  • Head and neck pain
  • Hepatobiliary problems
  • Hernias
  • Obesity
  • Skin and soft tissue damage
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Vascular challenges

Surgical services we offer

Our primary focus is your continued and improving health. We work to get to know you and your condition so that we can design a surgical treatment plan that fits your unique needs, regardless of what you may be experiencing.

Our surgical specialties

We believe in creating the most pleasant, comforting environment possible, in order to minimize any anxieties around surgery. While our surgeons are equipped to address conditions from all ages, it is important to note that we have a dedicated, kid-friendly, children's surgery wing to make sure your kids feel as comfortable as possible.

Across adults, children, adolescents and seniors, the surgical specialties we provide include:

  • Abdominal surgery
  • Breast and chest surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery
  • Hernia surgery
  • Surgical oncology
  • Vascular surgery
  • Weight loss surgery

Endocrine surgery

We are proud to house the region's only team of fellowship-trained endocrine surgeons, cementing our commitment to comprehensive care that addresses the highest number of medical conditions. Endocrine surgery encompasses treatments for conditions affecting the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands and neuroendocrine glands, and some of the procedures we perform include:

  • Adrenal gland surgery
  • Parathyroid surgery
  • Total thyroidectomy
  • Thyroid lobectomy with or without an isthmectomy

General surgery

Though some conditions require the care of a specialized surgeon, many can be addressed by a general surgeon. Rather than limiting their expertise to one specific area, our general surgeons have extensive knowledge of the whole body, performing procedures related to numerous areas, such as the:

  • Abdominal organs
  • Arms and legs
  • Blood vessels and heart
  • Breasts
  • Colon and rectum
  • Digestive system
  • Head and neck
  • Lungs
  • Skin

Hepatobiliary surgery

Hepatobiliary surgery addresses the complexities of the liver, pancreas and bile ducts. Our dedicated, board-certified surgeons are rarities in the area, and are proficient at a number of procedures affecting the hepatobiliary system, including:

  • Bile duct cancer surgery
  • Bile duct exploration
  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • Liver resection
  • Liver tumors
  • Pancreatic tumor enucleation
  • Whipple procedure

Minimally invasive robotic surgery

One of the aspects of surgical care that we most pride ourselves on is our dedication to minimally invasive surgical techniques. In particular, we use leading-edge robot-assisted surgery whenever possible. Robotic surgical arms are able to achieve results not possible with the human hand, allowing our surgeons greater precision and visibility for hard-to-reach areas. Additionally, by using minimally invasive techniques, we make a series of small incisions, as opposed to one large, open incision, affording you minimal scarring, a faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay.

We use minimally invasive robotic techniques across all of our various surgical specialties and have 11 in-house surgical robots. This collection of robots includes ones used exclusively for stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). During these noninvasive radiation treatments, precise doses of radiation are delivered to tumor sites with greater-than-normal accuracy, acting as a surgical alternative for oncologic conditions of the prostate, lung, brain, spine, head and neck, liver, pancreas and kidney.

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