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Buffalo General Medical Center
A Building
100 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Surgical Services

Buffalo General Medical Center has provided surgical services to the Western New York region for more than 155 years, offering state-of-the-art surgical technology and talented physicians, nurses and technicians in both outpatient and inpatient settings.  Buffalo General also utilizes the DaVinci robot for even greater surgical precision.

Outpatient Surgical Services

Ambulatory Surgery

The Ambulatory Surgical department performs surgical procedures that require anesthetic respiratory assistance and that rarely require an overnight stay. Most patients return home the same day surgery is performed.

The majority of patients remain drowsy from anesthesia for a while after their surgery, therefore it is required that patients have someone else drive them home.

Types of surgical procedures performed in Ambulatory Surgery include, but are not limited to:

  • Breast biopsy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Tubal ligation
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Cataract
  • Bunion removal (Bunionectomy)
  • Hemorrhoid removal (Hemroidectomy)
  • Diagnostic laproscopy
  • Podiatry
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • GYN
  • Hernia repair
  • Tooth extraction
  • Shoulder decompression
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Creation of AV fistula for dialysis
  • Muscle biopsy
  • Tendon repair
  • Pacemaker battery change

It is recommended that someone remain with the patient overnight at home, due to the possibility of the effects of anesthesia remaining up to 24 hours post-surgery.

Prior to Surgery

The Buffalo General surgical team includes doctors, nurses, and technicians, all of whom are highly skilled in their fields. Anyone on the team will be happy to answer any questions a patient or their family may have.

Valuables, Clothing and Personal Hygiene

  • Bathe or shower the morning of the surgery
  • Remove all make-up, nail polish, contact lenses, jewelry, and body piercings 
  • Wear loose-fitting, casual clothing and shoes
  • Bring any denture containers and cleaning tablets
  • Leave valuables at home, including personal computers, jewelry, watches, cell phones, money, etc.
  • Prior to surgery, a bag will be provided for personal items such as clothing, dentures and glasses
  • Patients will be provided a hospital gown prior to surgery

Inpatient Surgery

Buffalo General Medical Center has 24 surgical suites for procedures in the following specialties:

  • GYN
  • Orthopedic
  • Plastics
  • General
  • Spine
  • Neurosurgery
  • Vascular
  • Endovascular
  • Cardio-Thoracic
  • Podiatry
  • Oral
  • Dental
  • Urology
  • Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)
  • Gastrological

Many of the surgical staff are nationally-certified and participate in continuing their medical education.

Pre-Admission Testing

A physician will schedule pre-admission testing prior to surgery. This testing will include a physical exam, blood work, urinalysis and an EKG. Patients should be prepared to spend approximately 90 minutes for pre-admission testing.

The anesthesia department will review patient test results to help their doctor determine their state of health and if they are healthy enough for surgery.

Pre-Admissions Checklist

  • Patients should bring their health insurance information. (If they are uninsured or underinsured, they are encouraged to ask about Kaleida Health's programs.)
  • Patients should bring a list of current medications, including over-the-counter medications.
  • Patients should review current medications with the nurse to learn which medications not to take prior to surgery.
  • Prior to surgery, patients should write down questions or concerns to ask the nurse practitioner.
  • If a patient has additional questions, they should contact (716) 859-2171.

Health Care Proxy or Living Will 

A Health Care Proxy or Living Will is a statement that outlines the medical treatment that a patient requests and the name of the person they trust to make sound health care decisions for them in case they are unable to speak for themselves. If a patient has one, they should bring it with them; otherwise our pre-admissions department has available forms.

Valuables, Clothing, and Personal Hygiene

  • Bathe or shower the morning of the surgery.
  • Remove all make-up, nail polish, contact lenses, jewelry and body piercings. 
  • Wear loose-fitting, casual clothing and shoes.
  • Bring any denture containers and cleaning tablets.
  • Leave valuables at home, including personal computers, jewelry, watches, cell phones, money, etc.
  • Prior to surgery, a bag will be provided for personal items such as clothing, dentures and glasses.
  • Patients will be provided a hospital gown prior to surgery as well. 
  • Patients should bring their insurance card.
  • Plan to arrive on time. If necessary, leave the house early.