Community Health Network

Ranked among the nation's most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana's leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions, workplaces, schools and homes.

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Community Surgical Services

Innovative surgical options

Community Health Network features a variety of technologically advanced surgical capabilities that result in positive outcomes for our patients. Adoption of the most advanced, effective, new, general surgical technologies and techniques are continually raising the level of patient care you can expect at Community.

We also offer a wide range of minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedures with many benefits to patients, including shorter lengths of stay, faster recoveries and less missed work.

To find a surgeon for general or specialty surgery, please call 800-777-7775.

Pelvic floor reconstruction for pelvic organ prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a condition in which the pelvic organs - bladder, bowel, or uterus - protrude into the vagina. POP can cause symptoms such as a vaginal bulge, pelvic pressure or discomfort, or difficulty with bladder or bowel function. Many factors are involved in the development of POP, such as weakening of the pelvic muscles, damage to the connective tissue or nerves of the pelvis, and chronic conditions or activities that increase abdominal pressure. Treatment options for pelvic organ prolapse >>

The most advanced surgical treatments for colon cancer now offered

Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM) is a procedure for rectal surgery. It is a minimally invasive approach to distal tumors and cancers of the colon. This procedure involves excising the tumor or lesion from the colon using a transanal approach.

There are many benefits for both the physician and patient. The physician is able to use this technique for the whole rectal area and it provides a better view of the area behind the polyp because of the angulated endoscope. Additionally this technique allows an unobstructed view which provides freer space for suturing, thus less need for major rectal surgery where more risks and complications could develop.

Below is a brief list of the advantages to the patient.

  • Patient experiences no significant access trauma to site
  • Patient experiences less overstretching of the sphincter
  • Patient experiences reduced complications risk
  • Patient experiences significantly reduced recovery time

Click to view the Stapled Transanal Rectal Resection (STARR) procedure animationThe STARR procedure is an Ethicon product. To learn more, watch the animation to the right.

Patients that suffer from Obstructive Defecation Syndrome (ODS), a form of chronic constipation are not alone. Thousands of people in the United States experience severe symptoms, primarily women.

The symptoms can include not passing the entire stool, straining and longer time to have a bowel movement. There can be structural deformities of the rectum or anus as well as pouches or telescoping of the intestinal walls or trauma that causes damage to the muscles (i.e., childbirth) that can contribute to the condition.

The STARR procedure (from Ethicon) can treat ODS using minimally invasive methods. It is performed through the anus, requires no external incisions, and leaves no visible scars.

Patients benefit from this treatment through the shorter procedure time, minimal postoperative pain after procedure, less recovery time (patients return to normal activity in six to 15 days) as well as improved quality of life.

Technology today has evolved where surgeons can utilize the da Vinci® Surgical System, an effective minimally invasive procedure for many conditions where surgery is the treatment. If you have diagnosed with colon cancer of a benign condition, ask your doctor if you are eligible for a minimally invasive surgery such as da Vinci Surgery.

The benefits are enormous to patients. Robotic assisted surgery allows the doctor to perform a more precise operation using only 1-2 cm incisions with more control than ever before. The surgeon has a magnified view, high resolution 3-D image and uses instruments that mimic the surgeon’s hand movements with precision. The system is not programmed and requires the surgeon to guide each movement using the state-of-the-art robotic and computer technologies.

The benefits of da Vinci surgery over open surgery:

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less risk of infection
  • Quicker return to normal diet
  • Quicker return to normal bowel function
  • Faster recovery, shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery
  • Improved clinical outcomes

Minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedures

Community Health Network surgical services offers a wide range of minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedures with many benefits to patients, including shorter lengths of stay, faster recoveries and less missed work. Community's surgeons are experts in minimally-invasive surgery. To be referred to a laparoscopic surgeon, please call 800-777-7775.

  • Bowel resection
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Hernia
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Bariatric procedures

General surgery

Community Health Network offers the full spectrum of general surgery procedures. View a sample list below. To find a general surgeon, please call 800-777-7775.

Abdominal procedures

  • Appendectomy
  • Digestive tract and intestinal systems procedures
  • Hernia repair—femoral, incisional, inguinal
  • Operations of biliary tract (gallbladder, intestinal tract, etc.)
  • Paracentesis
  • Port-A-Cath® placement

Bariatric procedures
More about bariatric services at Community

  • Gastric bypass Roux-en-Y
  • Laparoscopic or minimally invasive
  • LAP-BAND®

Blood vessel procedures

  • Vein ligation

Breast procedures

Meet our dedicated breast surgeons >>

  • Excision of cyst or tumor
  • Incision and drainage of abscess
  • Mastectomy—simple, radical, modified radical

Lymph channels and nodes procedures

  • Axillary dissections
  • Biopsy
  • Excision
  • Incision and drainage

Skin and subcutaneous tissue procedures

  • Biopsy
  • Burns—first degree
  • Burns—second and third degree
  • Excision lesions (cyst, lipomata, polyps, etc.)
  • Incision and drainage (abscesses, paronychia, etc.)
  • Plastic repair
  • Suture—uncomplicated wounds

Rectal surgery

  • Anal fissure
  • Anal fistula
  • Anoscopy, proctoscopy, sigmoidoscopy
  • Excision lesion—local and malignant
  • Hemorrhoidectomy—external and internal
  • Incision and drainage
  • Pilonidal cyst

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  • Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
  • Indy Eleven
  • Indy Fuel

Health and wellness shopping

  • Home Health Medical online store for medical supplies and equipment
  • Wellspring Pharmacy
  • FigLeaf Boutique
  • Jasmine gift shop