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C. Francisco Espinel, MD, FACS
of the VHC Physician Group - Surgical Specialists practice is one of nine local physicians featured on the cover of the issue.

Congratulations to our doctors for being named in Washingtonian’s 2017 TOP DOCTORS!

General Surgery

General Surgery —
Choosing the Best Surgical Care

the photo of the surgical team in OR
With more than 16,000 surgeries performed in 2016, Virginia Hospital Center is a regional leader in surgical procedures. The Hospital is committed to utilizing advanced surgical technology with a focus on continuously improving patient outcomes, reducing recovery time, and enhancing patient safety.

The Center for Surgery at Virginia Hospital Center is a modern facility that offers a comfortable, state-of-the-art surgical environment, including brand-new inpatient suites and a new prep and recovery area.

Our highly trained surgical specialists and staff perform a full range of surgeries, from the simplest same-day procedures to the most complex inpatient procedures. To learn more, please click on the links below to expand or collapse.

Bariatric (Weight-Loss) Surgery

  • Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Duodenal Switch
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy

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Digestive Surgery

  • Acute Care and Emergency General Surgery (e.g. appendicitis, intestinal perforation)
  • Anorectal Disorders (e.g. hemorrhoids, cancer, fistula, abscesses)
  • Antireflux Procedures and Surgery (e.g. gastro-esophageal reflux disease/GERD)
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery (e.g. diverticulitis, prolapse, fistula, cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases)
  • Feeding Tubes
  • Gallbladder Disease and Gallstones Surgery
  • Small Intestine Surgery

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Endocrine Surgery

  • Thyroid Surgery (i.e. thyroid nodules, goiter, thyroid cancer, hyperthyroidism/Graves)
  • Parathyroid Surgery (i.e. hyperparathyroidism, cancer)
  • Adrenal Glands Surgery (i.e. nonfunctional masses, excessive hormone production, cancer)
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors Surgery (e.g. pancreatic, other GI tract)

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Gynecologic Surgery

  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures (female incontinence, menorrhagia, endometriosis, pelvic pain, fibroids, ovarian cysts, and vaginal reconstruction rejuvenation,etc.)
  • Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic and Robotic Gynecologic Surgery (robotic hysterectomy and robotic fibroid surgery)
  • Gynecologic Cancers Surgery (e.g. vulva, uterine, ovarian and cervical cancers)
  • Urogynecology (female incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse)

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Hernia Surgery

  • Inguinal (Groin) Surgery
  • Hiatal Hernia Surgery
  • Umbilical (Belly Button) Hernia Surgery
  • Ventral & Incisional Hernia Surgery

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Surgical Oncology

  • Breast Surgery (breast masses and breast cancer)
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers Surgery (e.g. stomach, small intestine, large intestine, anorectal)
  • Endocrine Cancer Surgery (e.g. thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal gland, neuroendocrine)
  • Liver, Pancreas, Gallbladder Tumors Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Soft Tissue (Sarcoma) Tumors Surgery
  • Skin Cancer Surgery (e.g. squamous cell, basal cell, melanoma)

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Surgery for the 21st Century

The da Vinci Xi represents the most advanced robotic surgical platform yet developed. Since its installation at Virginia Hospital Center this summer, it already exceeds expectations for use. As a result, the Hospital is planning to add a second da Vinci Xi later this year. The advanced design provides the surgeon with unobstructed access to the patient, thanks to the placement of the overhead arm. Longer instrument shafts are designed to give surgeons greater reach during the operation. The smaller, thinner arms each have two “elbow” joints for greater range of motion. The instruments rotate 360 degrees, enabling the surgeon to get around turns that human hands cannot manage. Read more

Preparing for Anesthesia and Surgery

Prior to the surgery, your physician will give you a packet of information prepared by Virginia Hospital Center's Pre-Operative Screening department, including an introductory letter explaining how you can best prepare for your pending surgery.
In addition to it, please review the general guidelines. Read more

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