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 Surgical Services

Surgery Center

When you need surgery you want to be surrounded by family and friends. The HMC Surgery Center offers a wide ranger of surgical procedures close to home.  Our team of professionals are here to treat your conditions and get you on the road to recovery.



Surgeons on Staff:

   Paul Avenel, MD

   Masoud Hamidian, MD
   Lawrence Herberholz, MD  
   Darby Marshall, MD

   Patricia McCoy, MD

   Paul Megehee, MD

   Carey Nease, MD

   Jerry Pierce, MD

   Jonathan K. Ramsey, MD
   Michael Simmons, MD
   Ivonne Vargas, MD



Ear, Nose and Throat Procedures

Adenoid Surgery
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Image Guided Sinus Surgery
Image-guided systems are essentially like GPS (global positioning satellite) systems for the anatomy of your head. These systems are used to aid the surgeon in confirming the location of critical structures when the interior of the nose and sinuses is distorted by unusual anatomy or prior surgery.

Thyroid Surgery
Thyroid surgery is frequently used to treat thyroid cancer and is sometimes the preferred approach to dealing with goiter, nodules or an overactive thyroid.

General Surgical Procedures

Breast Biopsy
A breast biopsy helps to provide a diagnosis and identify any abnormalities in the cells that make up breast lumps or other unusual breast changes. And, a breast biopsy can help determine whether or not you need additional surgery or other treatment.

Gallbladder Removal
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Hernia Repair
Laparoscopic hernia repair is a relatively new surgical technique to fix tears in the abdominal wall (muscle) using small incisions, a patch (mesh), and special cameras to view inside the body. It frequently offers a more rapid recovery for the patient, less postoperative pain, and a quicker return to work and normal activities. Laparoscopic hernia repair isn’t an option for everyone, your Physician will decide if you are a candidate for laparoscopic hernia repair.

Gynecological Procedures

Hysteroscopy
Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows a gynecologist to look inside your uterus. The hysteroscope is a long tube, about the size of a straw, which has a built-in viewing device. Hysteroscopy is useful for diagnosing and treating some problems that cause infertility, miscarriages, and abnormal menstrual bleeding.

Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation
Laparoscopic tubal ligation is successful in preventing pregnancy in more than 99 out of 100 women. Through the use of a specialized tool called a laparoscope, the doctor is able to view the inside of a woman's abdomen and block the fallopian tubes, thus preventing pregnancy.

Ophthalmology Procedures

Cataract Extraction Surgery
A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of the eye. The lens is enclosed in a lining called the lens capsule. Cataract surgery separates the cataract from the lens capsule.

Orthopedic Procedures

Knee Arthroscopy
During an average knee arthroscopy, a small fiberoptic camera (the arthroscope) is inserted into the joint through a small incision, about 4 mm (1/8 inch) long. A special fluid is used to visualize the joint parts. More incisions might be performed in order to check other parts of the knee. Then other miniature instruments are used and the surgery is performed.

Total Hip Replacement
A total hip replacement is a surgical procedure whereby the diseased cartilage and bone of the hip joint is surgically replaced with artificial materials.

Urological Procedures

Lithotripsy - Treatment of Kidney Stones
Highlands Medical Center has the areas ONLY full-time lithotripter. A modular lithotripter uses shock wave technology to effectively break up kidney stones without the need for invasive surgery.

Renal Cryotherapy
A minimally invasive procedure in which cancerous masses and tissues are ablated using special frozen-tipped needles, or cryoprobes.