Surgery Services

Awake brain surgery. Heart-lung transplant. Scarless appendectomy. Incisionless weight-loss surgery.

UC San Diego Health's nationally recognized surgeons bring the most advanced care to patients every day.

If you need surgery, we'll personalize your treatment, so you experience the best outcome. We're proud of the research breakthroughs we make in surgical medicine year after year because it means we're continually working to redefine the standard of care for our patients, our community and the world.

Among the Nation’s Best

You have access to surgeons who use the latest technology and conduct groundbreaking research to improve patient care. Based on our patient outcomes and other factors, U.S. News & World Report ranks UC San Diego Health among the nation's best in these surgical specialties:

  • Cancer surgery
  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery
  • Gastrointestinal & GI surgery
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Heart surgery
  • Pulmonary and lung surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Urologic surgery

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Surgery

Our physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and social workers pay attention to every detail — from your first consultative visit to hospitalization and postoperative follow-up care.

Depending on your procedure, medical condition and overall health, you may have:

  • Inpatient surgery services: Stay overnight after surgery at one of our medical centers for more observation and care.
  • Outpatient or same-day surgery services: Visit a UC San Diego Health location for surgery and return home the same day.

Surgical Expertise

You’re in good hands with our expert surgical team. Choose UC San Diego Health for the following operations.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Whenever possible, your care team uses minimally invasive techniques like robot-assisted surgery and advanced imaging techniques like fluorescence-guided surgery to reduce pain, scarring and recovery time and achieve better results.

Minimally invasive surgery involves fewer, smaller incisions than open surgery, and sometimes no incisions at all. Using specialized instruments such as tiny video cameras and digitally enhanced displays of the surgical area, your surgeon can achieve an even greater degree of precision for delicate procedures.

Though not all conditions can be treated through minimally invasive surgery, many surgical techniques now employ minimally invasive approaches. Here are some of the methods used by UC San Diego Health's surgeons.

Minimally Invasive Surgical Methods

Advanced Surgical Facilities

UC San Diego Health's world-class surgical facilities include operating rooms at UC San Diego Medical Center, Moores Cancer Center and Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center with the latest equipment. There are robots to help perform precise operations, audiovisual and endoscopic tools and touch-screen displays that provide immediate access to medical records, vital signs and scans.

The Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion is home to eight surgery suites for outpatient procedures. Jacobs Medical Center has spaces dedicated to complex surgical procedures, including intraoperative MRI to remove tumors and lesions, heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for abdominal cancers, complex spine and joint reconstruction, and delicate microsurgery to restore voice and hearing.

Several monitors, overhead lights and advanced equipment seen inside an operating room

Video: Advanced Surgery

Take a tour of advanced diagnostics, imaging and surgical technologies to personalize your treatment and speed recovery at UC San Diego Health's Jacobs Medical Center.

Preparing for Surgery and Recovery

Learn how to prepare for surgery to help your UC San Diego Health surgical experience go smoothly.

Research and Clinical Trials

Our surgeons are well known for their research efforts that produce a steady stream of scientific knowledge and medical achievements. More importantly, our research from our clinical trials is translated into new lifesaving surgical techniques, diagnostic tools and improved patient outcomes. We are redefining how surgery is performed.

Support Surgical Advances

With your help, the Department of Surgery at UC San Diego Health is changing lives by providing leading-edge surgical care to thousands of people every year.

To learn about the different avenues of support — such as multiyear pledges, stock gifts or estate planning — please contact Malcolm Aste, senior director of development, at 858-246-1558 or by email.

Checks can be made out to “UC San Diego Foundation” — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization — and sent to:

UC San Diego Health Sciences Development
Attention: Malcolm Aste
9500 Gilman Drive, #0937
La Jolla, CA 92093-0937