Weill Cornell Surgical Associates is a group of nationally and internationally renowned surgeons who treat and consult with prospective patients prior to surgery. These surgeons aid in making the surgical experience easier and more stress-free for the patient and their family.
We provide our patients with the highest quality, most compassionate care, utilizing state-of-the-art, minimally invasive technologies and techniques to achieve the most successful surgical outcomes. The Weill Cornell Department of Surgery is internationally recognized for outstanding and innovative surgical expertise.
We have seven divisions: Critical Care and Trauma, General Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Transplantation Surgery, and Vascular Surgery. There are also seven sections within General Surgery: Breast Surgery, Burn Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Gastrointestinal Metabolic Surgery, Laparoscopy and Bariatric Surgery, and Surgical Oncology.
How to Prepare for Surgery
Knowing what to expect before, during and after surgery can help alleviate anxiety and fear before a procedure. Being well-informed can also help patients take an active role in their treatment and help speed the recovery process.
To help patients prep before their procedures, our general surgery team recommends the following resources:
At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center the esophageal motility unit is directed by Rasa Zarnegar, MD. He is specially trained in the diagnosis and surgical management of esophageal motility disorders. He works closely with renowned gastroenterologists who provide endoscopic techniques for the management and treatment of esophageal disorders.
Difficulty swallowing liquids or solids, heartburn, regurgitation, and atypical (or non-cardiac) chest pain may be symptoms of an esophageal motility disorder. Typical esophageal motility disorders include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), dysphagia, achalasia, and esophageal spasm.
The esophageal motility unit at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center focuses on the diagnosis and management of esophageal motility disorders. The unit provides diagnostic tests including esophageal manometry and pH studies. These tests are typically required to diagnose:
Diffuse Esophageal Spasm
Nearly all patients referred to our institution will require an Esopageal Manomtery and sometimes a pH probe to determine the cause of their symptoms. Most studies have shown that reliance on symptoms alone has a high failure rate of surgical management in esophageal disorders.
To find out more about the Gastroesophageal Reflux and Motility Disorders Center please click here.
For more information about bariatric surgery at Weill Cornell, please visit: www.cornellWLS.org
Weill Cornell Weight Loss Surgery Program offers a minimally invasive surgical treatment for morbid obesity. We are one of the largest programs on the east coast with world-class surgeons and a multidisciplinary staff of physician assistants, nurses, nutritionists, psychiatric specialists, medical assistants and support staff.
Weill Cornell Medicine's General Surgeons operate at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, where they perform more than 7,500 outpatient and inpatient surgical procedures each year, including laser, laparoscopic, endoscopic, endovascular, and other minimally invasive surgical procedures. Our full-service Surgical Center features a Preoperative Testing Unit, six operating rooms, and a Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. These dedicated surgical areas are for patients undergoing emergency, same-day, or major surgery.
Prior to surgery, patients make a preoperative screening appointment with the Preoperative Testing Unit for routine laboratory tests, X-rays, electrocardiograms, or other testing as ordered by their surgeons. Patient consent forms for receiving anesthesia may also be signed at this time.
With ambulatory surgery, also known as outpatient surgery, patients are discharged on the day of their procedure. Patient care within the Ambulatory Surgery Unit is provided by a team of health professionals that includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and operating room technicians. Within the familiar setting of their community hospital, patients experience a level of care found in a leading academic medical center.