The Clewiston News

Local surgical services reduce burden of travel

Common surgical procedures available at Hendry Regional Medical Center make recovery easier

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Hendry Regional Medical Center has two state-of-the-art surgical suites and a procedure room.

CLEWISTON — Traveling long distances can add to the stress and discomfort of surgery. The need to travel to and from a facility outside the community can also cause a burden for family members. Fortunately for Hendry County residents, common surgical procedures are available at Hendry Regional Medical Center (HRMC).

The team at HRMC is able to perform a number of surgeries here in the community, providing convenience and comfort for patients and their families. “Having your surgery performed in the local community is a smart decision,” said Dr. Leonard Carroll, board-certified general surgeon. “Knowing you are near home can provide peace of mind for your family and make the recovery process easier.”

HRMC’s highly trained surgeons can perform common general surgical procedures such as tonsillectomy, laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), hernias and colonoscopy. In addition, visiting specialists can perform other procedures such as gynecological, interventional pain management, endoscopy surgery and more.

Many common procedures can be performed with laparoscopy or endoscopes, which enable the surgeon to see inside the body without having to make large incisions. Other benefits of these techniques include shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times. According to Dr. Carroll, patients sometimes delay having certain surgeries for various reasons, but doing so can prolong discomfort or raise the risk of complications.

Dr. Leonard Carroll, board-certified general surgeon

“Traveling for a surgical procedure can be inconvenient,” Dr. Carroll said. “The need to travel can disrupt a person’s life, so he or she may opt to wait. Having surgical services available locally makes it easier for people to get the surgeries they need, when they need them.” Dr. Carroll added that it’s best to follow doctors’ recommendations when elective surgery is required.

When a physician recommends surgery, choosing the right facility is also important. Dr. Carroll said that convenience is one of the reasons Hendry County residents choose HRMC.

Additionally, the convenience of local recovery services can make the transition from hospital to home smoother. The Swing Bed Program at HRMC allows patients covered under Medicare who need extended care to stay in a hospital setting. With a compassionate nursing team on hand around the clock, recovering at the hospital following a surgical procedure can provide comfort to patients and their families. “In many rural areas, qualified surgeons can be hard to come by,” Dr. Carroll said. “We are fortunate to have a team of highly trained physicians and medical providers in Hendry County. Having access to the medical care you need here in the community is a huge asset and can help you get back to your everyday life quicker.”

Talk to your primary care provider about choosing the right facility for your surgical procedure. To learn more about HRMC’s services, call the hospital at 863-902-3000 or visit

Hendry Regional Medical Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital that incorporates modern technology with state-of-the-art medical staff to care for its patients. Its mission is “to excel in quality, compassion and innovation to make our community healthier.”