Overview

Overview

When your doctor recommends surgery, it’s comforting to know you can turn to Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital and its experienced, compassionate staff for superior care.

Mercy Hospital’s 129,000-square-foot Surgery Center is adjacent to the hospital and offers a complete range of surgical services in a convenient centralized location that includes:

  • Digital operating rooms
  • Robotic surgery
  • Endovascular suite
  • 38-bed same-day surgery unit
  • Post-anesthesia care unit for patients who receive general, spinal or epidural anesthetic
  • Six private examination rooms for patient education and testing
  • Private conference rooms
  • Spacious family waiting area

Safety and Quality

When you choose our Surgery Center, you can be confident we consider patient safety and quality of care to be our highest priority. Accredited by the Joint Commission (a nationally recognized accrediting institute), the Surgery Center regularly undergoes rigorous on-site evaluations and is committed to meeting and exceeding national quality and safety standards.

Advanced Technology and Procedures

Our Surgery Center is equipped with the latest surgical and monitoring tools, allowing surgeons to perform a diverse array of inpatient and outpatient procedures such as general, head and neck, gynecological, neurological, ophthalmological, oral and maxillofacial, orthopedic, thoracic, urological and vascular surgeries. The Surgery Center can also accommodate urgent, emergent procedures along with supporting Mercy Hospital’s Trauma Program.

Our Surgery Center utilizes the most up-to-date anesthesia equipment, including a heart monitoring and breathing device, for all patients. Newer technology keeps the patient’s body temperature within normal limits and measures the level of consciousness in an anesthetized patient.

Note: All heart surgeries are performed at The Heart Hospital at Mercy Hospital, located on the 3rd floor of the medical center.

Robotic and Endovascular Surgery

In 2008 Mercy Hospital became the first hospital in the local five county area to unveil the da Vinci Surgical System and currently has two robots on site. Experienced surgeons and staff are routinely performing heart, gynecology, urology and general surgeries.

Advantages include smaller incisions, as well as the potential for reduced blood loss and risk of infection, significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery.

Mercy Hospital’s endovascular suite has the latest vascular imaging capabilities, enhancing the surgeons’ abilities to perform vascular and endovascular procedures. The suite contains a control room, fluoroscopy bed, surgical lighting and anesthesia capabilities, all within a sterile environment.

Common vascular procedures performed at our Surgery Center include:

  • Carotid angioplasty/stent
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Peripheral endovascular
  • Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (endograft stent)
  • Bypass graft

Learn more about our Vascular Center.

In 2020, Mercy Hospital became Ohio’s first to offer Aquablation® Therapy for BPH with the AquaBeam® Robotic System.

Bloodless Surgery

At Mercy Hospital’s Surgery Center, you may choose bloodless surgery, an approach that speeds recovery and healing. Our on-site coordinator will work with you, your family and physicians to provide bloodless techniques such as an advanced cell-saver system, electrosurgical coagulation, electrocautery, skin monitors, treatments with medications and other methods.

If you select bloodless surgery, all staff involved in your care – from the admitting office to the operating room – are made aware of your decision. With this integrated approach, you can be sure Mercy Hospital is committed to your choice of care.

Comfortable, Family-friendly Environment

We support family involvement. To help with pre-surgery preparation and post-surgical care, family members are included in all patient education discussions.

Your privacy is important. Three individual conference rooms are available for family members to speak privately with the surgeon.

Our Surgery Center has its own three-level parking deck, so you and your family do not need to enter the main hospital. While you are in surgery, your family members can relax in the Surgery Center’s large, open lobby/waiting area illuminated by natural light.

Superior Services and Care

If your physician advocates surgery, Mercy will provide superior assistance and care throughout the entire process. From pre-registration and pre-admission testing to postsurgical follow-up, you can be confident Mercy Hospital’s caring, considerate staff will make your surgery experience as comfortable as possible.

Our Team

Our Team

Our team of experienced, compassionate surgeons are available to care for a wide range of surgery problems. They will work in collaboration with your physician to ensure the best possible care for your condition.

Mercy Hospital surgeons are experienced in their specialized knowledge and skill with:

  • Abdominal surgery
  • Breast, skin and soft tissue surgery
  • Chemotherapy port placement and removal
  • Colorectal surgery, including colon cancer, diverticular disease, and laparoscopic resections
  • Critical care with underlying surgical conditions
  • Gall bladder surgery, including laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Hemorrhoid surgery
  • Hernia surgery, including abdominal, umbilical and inguinal, as well as laparoscopic repairs
  • Reconstructive and plastic surgery
  • Small bowel surgery
  • Surgery for critical care with underlying surgical conditions
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Trauma and emergency surgery

Mercy Surgical Specialists

Mercy Medical Office Building
Suite 418
1330 Mercy Drive, NW
Canton, OH 44708
330.580.4706

Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery

Mercy Hospital’s Robotic Surgery Center offers Stark County’s most experienced team of surgeons leading the way in robotic-assisted gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac, and general surgery. With two da Vinci robots on site, our Robotic Surgery Center offers patients an alternative to traditional surgery (with its large open incisions) and laparoscopy (typically limited to very simple procedures), and its precision consistently provides good patient outcomes.

Patients can normally look forward to:

  • A faster recovery and less scarring.
  • Reduced blood loss and risk of infection.
  • Significantly less pain and a shorter hospital stay.
  • A quicker return to normal activities.

A Stark County Leader in Robotic Surgery

In 2008 Mercy Hospital became the first hospital in the local five county area to unveil the da Vinci Surgical System and currently has two robots on site.

In 2017 Mercy Hospital acquired Ohio’s first da Vinci® X™ Surgical Robot. This newest robot can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures. Key features include a simpler, more compact design with improved vision definition and clarity; increased flexibility for visualizing the surgical site; greater range of motion; and better operative reach.

In 2020, Mercy Hospital added the AquaBeam® Robotic System to its surgery center, becoming the first in Ohio to offer Aquablation Therapy, a minimally invasive surgery option for enlarged prostate, or BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). This robotic procedure provides both significant symptom relief and a lower risk of sexual side effects than traditional TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate).

Robotic Surgery

Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital
1320 Mercy Drive, NW
Canton, OH 44708

Our Robotic Surgery Center is located at Mercy Hospital’s main campus. Park by the Surgery Center entrance (off 12th Street).

Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery

At Mercy Hospital, our plastic surgery group believes your body, mind and spirit are connected. A body that looks and functions as it should can energize the mind and spirit and even improve your sense of self confidence.

Plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery have the power to repair, to restore and to renew your body’s form and function. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, have experienced a traumatic injury, or struggle with a congenital abnormality, Plastic Surgery can offer you hope and healing.

Meet Our Surgeon

Experienced, fellowship-trained surgeons with Mercy Hospital’s plastic surgery clinic include Michael P. McCormack, DO. He uses today’s most advanced plastic surgery techniques and specialize in reconstructive surgeries, including:

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Breast reduction
  • Wound care
  • Treatment of skin cancer and other skin lesions

Dr. McCormack also perform a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures.

He is board certified and is part of Mercy Surgical Specialists with an office at Mercy Hospital’s main campus in Canton.

Cosmetic Surgery

Michael McCormack, DO, a board-certified plastic surgeon, also performs advanced dermatology and cosmetic surgery, as well as many non-surgical procedures at Mercy Hospital.

Surgical and Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation

  • Face lift
  • Brow lift
  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery/cosmetic eye surgery)
  • Neck lift and other cosmetic neck surgeries

Body Contouring and Sculpting

  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
  • Liposuction
  • Arm lift
  • Thigh lift
  • Lower body lift

Cosmetic Breast Surgery

  • Mastopexy (breast lift)
  • Breast augmentation surgery
  • Breast reduction surgery

Cosmetic Skin Care

  • Micro-needling
  • Laser treatment
  • Botox treatment and other fillers

Mercy also offers reconstructive and plastic surgery.

Ostomy Care

Ostomy Care

If you or someone you love has an ostomy (bowel or urinary diversion) – or been advised by a physician that an ostomy may be required – Mercy Hospital’s Ostomy Care can help.

An ostomy surgery may be necessary with colon or bladder cancer, trauma, birth abnormalities or because of inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease. There are four types of ostomy surgery: colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy and continent diversion. Many ostomies are temporary, sometimes lasting between three and six months.

At Mercy Hospital, we offer a certified ostomy nurse who can evaluate an ostomy and make recommendations for peristomal skin problems and appropriate pouch systems, as well as for pre-operative stoma marking and education. A physician order is required for the visit.

Ostomy Care

Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital
Appointments: 330.588.4694
Fax: 330.430.6972
Mercy Ostomy Nurse: 330.430.2769

Bloodless Surgery

Bloodless Surgery

Mercy Hospital’s Bloodless Surgery offers an advanced way of providing medical care that uses state-of-the-art techniques to minimize your blood loss before, during and after surgery, including  bloodless, minimally invasive heart surgery. Blood conservation and bloodless medicine methods can also be used to manage anemia related to medical conditions.

This sophisticated approach permits experienced doctors and surgeons to care for you without using blood products because you retain enough of your own blood.

Blood Conservation and Bloodless Surgery Since 2001

Blood conservation / bloodless medicine began years ago in response to concerns about the safety of the nation’s blood supply. Now this approach is an accepted modern medical practice that also speeds healing and the recovery process.

After recognizing the potential health benefits of blood conservation, Mercy Hospital began a blood conservation program in 2001. Our program enables physicians, nurses, therapists and technicians to combine their expertise and experience in an environment that completely supports the bloodless approach.

If you choose blood conservation, all caregivers involved in your care — from the admitting office to the nursing units, laboratory and operating room — are aware of your choice to pursue bloodless medical techniques. With this integrated approach, you can rest assured that we are committed to your choice of care.

Mercy’s Blood Conservation Techniques and Equipment

  • Advanced Cell Saver System. This sophisticated system carefully conserves and recirculates blood that might otherwise be lost during surgery.
  • Meticulous Surgery Techniques. Painstaking attention is paid to minimize blood loss at all times.
  • Electrocautery – Electrosurgical Coagulator / Argon Laser / Harmonic Scalpel. We use energy to stop bleeding from vessels during surgery.
  • Robotic Surgery. Minimally invasive surgical techniques greatly reduce blood loss.
  • Pulse Oximetry Monitoring. This device tracks oxygen levels in the blood during surgery (and at any other time necessary), with a non-invasive skin monitor to allow maximization of oxygen in the blood.
  • Synthetic Erythropoietin. This hormone stimulates the patient’s bone marrow to produce more red blood cells and may be used to boost the patient’s hemoglobin level before surgery.
  • Intravenous Iron / Oral Iron. Vitamins and nutritional supplements are used in conjunction with intravenous iron and oral iron in perioperative or anemic patients to build red blood cells that carry oxygen to vital tissue. This may take one to four weeks and requires multiple visits to the clinic.
  • Hemostatic Agents. Synthetic agents are used during surgery to minimize blood loss.
  • Volume Expanders. The use of these intravenous fluids dilutes the blood and helps maintain adequate blood pressure.
  • Microsampling. Very small amounts of blood are taken for testing, rather than the larger quantities routinely drawn.

Bloodless Surgery

Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital
1320 Mercy Drive, NW
Canton, OH 44708

Kirby Sweitzer, MD, FACS
Medical Director
330.458.4279

Before Surgery

Before Surgery

What You Need to Know Before You Have Surgery

Thank you for choosing Mercy Hospital’s Surgery Center for your upcoming surgical procedure. Our skilled, experienced surgeons and staff are looking forward to providing you with the very best and safest care possible. There are a number of things you need to know and do prior to your surgery. 

If you have any questions about your or a loved one’s procedure, please contact your attending physician. If you have any questions about our Surgery Center, please call 330.489.1102 or 330.489.1300. You may also contact Mercy Hospital’s Patient Education and Testing at 330.489.1043.

Pre-admission Testing

The type of anesthetic you will receive and your general health will determine if you must come to the PEAT (Patient Education and Testing) Department before your surgery date. You will be given a medical history form in your surgeon’s office to complete. The nurse in the PEAT Department will review this form with you. She will forward your history to the anesthesiologist who will decide if you need any further testing. 

If you have had an EKG (electrocardiogram) and/or a chest x-ray one year before your surgery or blood work within 6 months, please bring a copy with you or tell us where and when the tests were performed and we will obtain the results. 

Pre-registration

Registration is required to provide accurate treatment and billing information. We ask that you have your insurance information available when calling to preregister.

The following information is needed for preregistration:

  • Patient’s social security number
  • Patient’s full legal name and middle initial
  • Patient’s address, telephone number, religion and employer
  • Patient’s Next of Kin and person to notify in case of an emergency
  • Name of person responsible for billing (guarantor)
  • Guarantor address, telephone number, employer and relationship to patient
  • Insurance company’s name, address and telephone number
  • Policy number
  • Group number
  • Physician name
  • Diagnosis and type of surgery or procedure

After your surgery has been scheduled, you may call to preregister five to seven days in advance of your pretesting, surgery or procedure. We will contact you if you have not called our office.

For pre-registration, call 330.489.1102 or 330.489.1300
Hours of Operation: 9:30 a.m. — 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Day of Surgery

You will be called the night before surgery by the Pre-Testing personnel and advised when you should arrive at Mercy Hospital and your surgery time. If your surgery is on Monday, you will be called on Friday before your surgery date. Please arrive promptly.

To maintain your privacy and confidentiality, the Surgery Center has a private entrance and free parking on 12th Street. Take the elevator to the first floor and check in with the personnel at the Surgery Information Desk. They will notify the Pre-Procedure area that you have arrived and validate your parking ticket.

Following these instructions will help make your surgery a safe one:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight (including mints, gum or water)
    the night before surgery unless you are given specific instructions by your surgeon or anesthesiologist.
  • Medications: Do not take any medications unless you are advised differently.
  • If you smoke, quit or at least cut down before surgery. Do not smoke after midnight the day before your surgery. Nonsmokers heal faster than people who smoke.
  • If you have a fever, cold or any changes in your health, call your doctor. Surgery may need to be postponed.
  • Bring your advance medical directives (Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney). The Durable Power of Attorney lets you choose someone to carry out your wishes for medical care when you can’t act for yourself. The Living Will explains in writing the type of medical care you would want if you couldn’t make your wishes known. If you wish, we will provide you with information about these documents.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing that will be comfortable for you to wear home.
  • If your child is having surgery, you may bring a special toy or blanket. If he/she takes a bottle, please bring one with you.
  • Before you leave home in the morning follow these instructions: shower; remember not to eat or drink; remove make-up, nail polish and lipstick; wear loose clothing; and leave valuables such as cash, credit cards and jewelry (including rings) at home.
  • A responsible adult must drive you home after surgery and someone must be with you for the next 24 hours. For your safety and the safety of others, you may not drive yourself home.

Pre-procedure Area

Hospital personnel will escort you and one family member to the Pre-Procedure Area. Please limit the number of people who accompany you to the hospital. One visitor at a time will be able to go with you into the Pre-Procedure Area before surgery. Please do not bring other children.

If you are having a cataract extraction, your family member will be asked to wait in the lobby and you will see them when your procedure is completed.

For your privacy, there are 16 individual rooms in this area. At this time, you will be asked to wear a gown and slippers provided by the hospital. If you are expecting to go home the same day, your clothing will be placed in a locker and given to you when you are ready to go home. If you are expecting to stay the night, your belongings will be given to your family member to take home. An identification bracelet will be placed on your arm until you go home. You will then meet with your anesthesiologist and/or nurse anesthetist to discuss what type of anesthesia is best for you. An IV will be started in a vein in your arm or hand. You may be given medication that will help you to relax.

The Operating Room

One of the Operating Room personnel will introduce themselves to you and transport you to the room where you will be having your surgery.

Our Surgery Center contains 14 surgical suites that are twice as large as most existing surgery rooms.

It is normal to have concerns, please be assured that your surgical procedure will be performed by a skilled, compassionate staff in a facility equipped with the latest technology. Your surgeon leads the OR team that usually consists of nurses, an anesthesia provider and a surgical assistant/technician. Working together, they will provide a sterile and safe surgical environment.

The Recovery Room

If you have had a general/spinal/epidural anesthetic, your anesthesia provider will accompany you to the Recovery Room or Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). The PACU contains state-of-the-art monitoring systems and is designed for the specialized care that is needed immediately after surgery. The anesthesia team and PACU staff work closely together to provide quality care for you

Your surgeon will talk with your family member to let them know that the surgery is complete and you are in the PACU.

Recovery from a minor procedure frequently occurs within an hour, major surgeries may take up to two hours or longer.

In the PACU, the nursing personnel are specially-trained nurses who are focused on your recovery. Vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, breathing and temperature are monitored frequently. All patients are placed on cardiac monitors and receive oxygen temporarily to assist them during this stage of recovery. Frequent checks on vital signs and level of responsiveness provide the nurse with information about the progress of your recovery. Using this information, the nurse will provide pain medication and a safe, warm and comfortable environment for you.

To provide patient privacy and confidentiality, visiting a patient in the PACU is by exception only. Parents of young children may be asked to stay with their child if they are crying or if it will be a lengthy stay. Our goal is to reunite parents and children as quickly as possible. Children as a rule recover quickly and are often times ready to go back to their room within 15 to 45 minutes. Please do not leave the surgery information waiting room without notifying the personnel at the desk. If an adult patient requires a lengthy stay, a brief visit may be allowed to provide needed assurance for both the patient and family.

The anesthesiologist will discharge you from the PACU. Whether you are to be taken to a room for an overnight stay or to the Same Day Unit where you will go home, your family will be notified of your whereabouts. The Information Desk personnel will notify your visitor in the waiting area when you enter and exit the PACU.

Same-day Unit

In the Same-Day Unit, you will be able to have one visitor with you. Discharge instructions from your surgeon are reviewed with you by a nurse and you will receive a written copy to take home. You must have someone to drive you home after a general anesthetic. For your safety, please follow these guidelines:

  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours
  • Do not sign any legal documents for 24 hours
  • Do not drive or operate hazardous machinery for 24 hours

To provide patient privacy and confidentiality, you will leave from the Surgery Center exit.
If you go home the same day, a member of the Same-Day Unit will call you one to two days after your surgery. He/she will be asking you about the care you received and if you have any concerns. Your comments are very important to our mission.

Heart Procedures

If you are having a procedure in the Open Heart Operating Room or the Heart Cath Laboratory, such as a catheterization or a balloon angioplasty, you will be taken to the The Heart Hospital on the third floor of Mercy Hospital after you have been prepared in the Pre-Procedure Area. Your family may then go with you and wait in their waiting room and the doctor will talk to them after the procedure.

Surgery Center

Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital
1320 Mercy Drive, NW
Canton, OH 44708

Pre-register for surgery by calling 330.489.1102 or 330.489.1300, between 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please have insurance information available.

Appointments

Appointments

To make an appointment with a Mercy Hospital surgeon, see Our Team of surgeons.

To pre-register for surgery, call 330.489.1102 or 330.489.1300, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please have insurance information available.

Surgery Center
Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital
1320 Mercy Drive, NW
Canton, OH 44708