The Department of Surgery is at the forefront of advancing technology. Under the leadership of Dr. Ajay Shah as Acting Chairman, this department has firmly established itself as a first tier surgical presence in New York. The overriding goal of the department is continued surgical excellence, with an important emphasis on addressing the profound health care issues that impact the Bronx and other inner city communities.
BronxCare Health System now offers a full range of general and subspecialty surgical services, including gastrointestinal, breast, endocrine, thoracic, vascular, trauma, and critical care, as well as a noninvasive testing laboratory. Advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgeries are also utilized. Additionally, specialized reconstructive, plastic, and cosmetic surgeries, including minimally invasive procedures are performed. At the outpatient level, BronxCare’s Health and Wellness Center is also providing needed surgical services.
In looking to the future, the Department of Surgery continues to recruit highly trained surgeons, with an expertise in robotics, thoracic, breast, colorectal, and trauma surgery. A comprehensive Wound Care Center will be implemented in the near future in response to the needs of patients with painful and often disabling non-healing wounds. A trauma program will also be implemented.
A new Center for Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Health was established in 2016 to address the high incidence of colon and rectal cancer in the community. Abdominal problems, hemorrhoids, and other related disorders are also being treated. It is staffed by a multidisciplinary team that includes members from the Department of Surgery, Division of Gastroenterology, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists.
For children and adolescents, pediatric surgery is being performed at the highest level. A weight reduction and bariatric surgery program is addressing the serious and growing problem of childhood obesity through a multidisciplinary approach to children’s wellness which incorporates nutrition, education, and exercise.
A Breast Care Center was initiated in 2014. “It represents an important step in alleviating the plight of those in our community suffering from late stage breast cancer, through early detection and treatment,” stated Dr. Gilchrist. It offers a one-stop shopping approach for exam, imaging, and biopsy. Treatment options include chemo, hormonal, and radiation therapies, as well as reconstructive surgery, when necessary.
The Division of Plastic Surgery, under the direction of Dr. Susan Chung, is performing cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to improve appearance, as well as repair injuries and correct deformities. Dr. Chung is a highly experienced plastic surgeon trained at Harvard University Medical School and the Mayo Clinic.
In the Division of Urology, an integral part of the Department of Surgery, problems involving the urinary tract, kidney, bladder, testes, and adrenal are treated. Malignancies and dysfunctional voiding are also addressed. Minimally invasive surgeries, as well as robotic and laser technology, are used to treat conditions, such as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH or enlarged prostate gland), cancerous prostates, and kidney stone disease. These procedures, which involve small incisions, are used to treat many conditions and also promote a speedier recovery.
“Our proven expertise and experience sets us apart from other regional practices.”
A new Center for Vein Care is providing treatment for patients with varicose veins and chronic vein insufficiency. Symptoms of vein disease include pain, swelling, fatigue, and heaviness of the legs, as well as tenderness and itching around the veins. If not treated, these symptoms can progress to more serious chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), which can cause complications, such as rash in the lower leg, darkened discolored skin, bleeding, and ulcers of the leg.
“At our Outpatient Vein Center, patients receive minimally invasive procedures, which offer them the opportunity to return to normal activities soon after treatment.”