Surgery at Franklin Memorial Hospital
Each year more than 2,500 surgeries are performed in our surgical suites. The FMH surgical team routinely performs total joint replacement, Caesarean section, appendectomy, splenectomy, breast biopsy, cataracts surgery, oral surgery, hand surgery, arthroscopy of a joint, bladder surgery, and more. Our surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and technicians are among the best in the country. This surgical team is a leader in advanced techniques that utilize new procedures to reduce recovery time, pain, and the risk of complications. Many of our surgeries are performed with small instruments equipped with tiny cameras or laser-based technologies that require only a small incision.
Our quality of care is consistently rated excellent in independent surveys and studies. We are honored that you have trusted us to care for you.
A Leader in Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Nancy Cummings and Dr. Joseph Caldwell perform state of the art joint replacements, including total knee and hip replacements. They also routinely perform carpal tunnel release, joint arthroscopy, fracture reduction, and foot and hand surgery.
Franklin Health Orthopaedics offers a weekly sports medicine clinic for individuals of all ages who suffer from a sports-related injury, including student-athletes and adult recreational athletes. Our team of health care providers, including an orthopaedic surgeon, a fully certified physical therapist and an athletic trainer, lend a comprehensive hands-on approach to the examination and treatment of sports-related injuries.
State of the Art Procedures
These procedures include:
- Breast Cancer Staging (sentinel node biopsy)
- Bowel resection
- Prostate surgery
- Relief for urinary incontinence
- Hand surgery
- Laparoscopic surgery (such as hernia repair, colon surgery, tubal ligation, gallbladder surgery, and anti-reflux surgery, among others)
We provide timely access to state of the art screening, diagnostic, clinical, and care support. Our multi-disciplinary team of experts includes an oncologist, a surgeon, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other qualified professionals. Surgeons operate on patients with cancers of the skin, colon, breast, bladder, prostate, and bone, among others.
Advanced Breast Care
At the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center, surgeons use advanced diagnostic equipment and surgical techniques, including stereotactic biopsy, to determine whether a lesion in the breast is benign or cancerous. Our care support nurse works with women to help manage their care. We are proud to be one of the first hospitals in New England to offer the Lorad Multicare Platinum stereotactic table system which spares most women the discomfort and scarring associated with a surgical breast biopsy. Our surgeons also perform Sentinal Node Biopsy for staging breast cancer. Patients experience fewer complications and a shorter recovery time with this innovative procedure.
Colonoscopy and Endoscopy
The Day Surgery Unit performs more than 1,250 endoscopic procedures each year. Endoscopic procedures include colonoscopies and upper gastroscopies, which are done as a screening test for colon cancer or other colon and stomach disorders. The new suites are spacious and equipped with the latest technology for enhanced efficiency and patient comfort.
New Options for Urinary Incontinence
A new option now exists for women facing urinary incontinence. OB-GYN Dr. Jay Naliboff has received extensive training in Tension Free Vaginal Tape Obturtor Approach (TVT-o), and
is now the first physician in the area to offer this one-day outpatient procedure. TVT-o has an outstanding 85 percent success rate and is a much less invasive option for women than other
urinary incontinence interventions.
Patients in need of an oral surgeon no longer need to travel long distances. Oral surgeon Dr. John Ellis provides this necessary service to our community.
It is our sincerest desire to make the surgical experience as comfortable as possible for you and your family. Your family members are welcome and encouraged to help in your recovery. We can make arrangements for family members to spend the night at the hospital after surgery.