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Expert surgeons in Reston, Virginia

When you need surgery in northern Virginia, trust the innovative, experienced surgeons and clinical staff at Reston Hospital Center. You can always count on our surgical teams to deliver top-quality, compassionate care close to home.

To find a surgical specialist or to speak to a nurse 24/7, please call (877) 689-3627.

Reston Hospital uses the latest medical technologies to offer a wide range of inpatient and outpatient procedures.

  • Inpatient surgery requires admission to our hospital for a certain period of time.
  • Outpatient surgery is performed at our hospital and you will return home the same day.

Our multispecialty surgical team includes highly trained surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Our goal is to provide you with expert personal care in an inviting and comfortable environment that promotes your health and recovery.

Patient-focused surgical care

Reston Hospital's patient-focused surgical services give you the benefits of:

  • Skilled surgeons trained at the nation's top medical schools
  • Incisionless, laparoscopic and other minimally invasive surgical approaches that reduce pain and scarring and encourage a faster recovery through our Institute for Robotics & Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery program
  • Surgical suites with advanced technology, including specialized robotic surgery platforms

Our surgery center's specialties

Reston Hospital offers board-certified surgeons across numerous specialties, including:

Robot-assisted surgery

Reston Hospital is home to the Mid-Atlantic region's most comprehensive robotic surgery program—the Institute for Robotics and Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery.

With robot-assisted technology, our highly trained surgeons perform advanced, minimally invasive procedures for gynecologic, thoracic, gastrointestinal, urologic, weight loss, spinal, brain and joint replacement surgeries.

We continuously collaborate on emerging technologies and techniques to deliver enhanced surgical experiences that reduce hospital stays and lessen recovery times. In addition, we have accomplished the following:

  • First in northern Virginia to use the da Vinci® Xi robot, widely considered to be the most effective and least invasive surgical technology
  • First hospital in Virginia to offer a robotics-assisted surgical guidance system for spine surgery, the Mazor X Stealth Edition
  • First in Virginia to use the Mako Robotic Technology for knee replacements
  • First regional hospital in the HCA Healthcare network to use Bright MatterTM and Modus VTM advanced technology for brain surgery

Preparing for surgery

At Reston Hospital, our goal is to provide you with the best possible care before, during and after your surgery. You play an important role in making sure your admission, surgery and recovery go smoothly.

Your pre-admission visit

Once the date of your surgery has been set, you will get an appointment for a pre-admission interview and diagnostic testing. This appointment will provide us with vital information as we prepare for your procedure.

Bring your personal identification, insurance card, list of medications and dosages (including supplements, herbal preparations and vitamins), a summary of your drug allergies and any advanced directives regarding your healthcare. You will check in at the admissions office on the hospital's first floor.

If you have questions, please call our Preoperative Screening Unit at (703) 639-9427. This unit is available Mon - Fri: 8am - 5:30pm.

Before your surgery

Follow these general guidelines to prepare for your surgery at Reston Hospital unless you are directed otherwise:

  • Stop eating and drinking the night before your surgery. This includes gum and throat lozenges. You may brush your teeth on the morning of your procedure, but do not swallow the water.
  • Take your prescribed heart, blood pressure, asthma, thyroid, seizure or pain medications, as discussed with your physician, with just enough water to swallow them.
  • Patients with diabetes should not take insulin or any diabetic medication on the day of surgery.
  • Talk to your doctor if you are on blood thinners.
  • Do not smoke after midnight.
  • Bathe or shower prior to your procedure.
  • Do not apply makeup or lotions the day of surgery.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and remove all jewelry and body piercings.
  • Leave valuables, credit cards and money at home.
  • Bring containers for eyeglasses, dentures or hearing aids, and place them in the car until you have been assigned an inpatient room number.
  • If you experience a change in your health, such as a cold, cough or fever, within 24 hours of your scheduled surgery, contact your physician immediately.

Make plans for someone to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after surgery. Your physician will provide additional directions on preparing for your surgery.

After your surgery

Below is general information for what to expect after your surgery:

  • Your physician will talk with your designated caregivers about your procedure.
  • Depending on the use of anesthetics during your procedure, you may be taken to a Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) where your blood pressure will be continuously monitored.
  • As your anesthetic wears off, sounds may seem louder than normal, and you may experience blurred vision, dry mouth or chills. While these are usually normal responses, tell your nurse how you are affected.
  • If you are experiencing pain, a nurse will provide pain medication upon request.
  • Your physician or nurse will determine when it is appropriate for you to return home or be moved to a postoperative room to continue your recovery.
  • Before you are discharged, you will receive written instructions about caring for yourself at home, information on who to call with questions about your recovery and a time and date for your follow-up appointment.

Please do not hesitate to ask questions about preparing for your surgery or your post-surgical care.