Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

COVID-19 Testing Guidance for Pre-Operative Patients

Patients are required to have COVID-19 testing prior to a procedure. Hospital surgical staff will continue to wear appropriate PPE to protect themselves regardless of a patient's vaccination status.

Northwest Texas Healthcare System has special expertise in finding innovative ways to use minimally invasive surgical techniques, which can make surgery and recovery easier on patients. In addition to minimally invasive surgery, in which the surgeon may use robotic technology or a laparoscopic method (both of which use small incisions), surgeons perform standard, open procedures, depending on your diagnosis and needs.

Northwest Surgical Hospital

The Northwest Surgical Hospital brings together some of Amarillo’s finest nurses, surgical technicians and physicians who provide a convenient and affordable alternative for patients requiring general, routine surgical services. We have been serving residents of Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle since 1998 with specialty services in a comfortable facility for adults and children.

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General Surgery

doctors performing surgerySurgeons at Northwest Texas Healthcare treat simple and complex hernias; gastrointestinal problems such as peptic ulcer disease, colon cancer, anorectal disorders, hemorrhoids and inflammatory bowel disease; diseases of the gallbladder, pancreas and liver; endocrine problems; and benign and malignant disease of the breast.

Bariatric Surgery (for Weight Loss)

The bariatric surgery program at Northwest Texas Healthcare System offers surgical weight-loss options, including minimally invasive procedures, that can help people lose weight and improve their health. The weight-loss surgery program at Northwest Texas Healthcare has been accredited as a Level 2-New Accredited Bariatric Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

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Head and Neck Surgery

Among the head and neck procedures performed by surgeons at Northwest Texas Healthcare System are:

  • Maxillofacial and Reconstructive Surgery: This includes treatment of patients with abnormalities of the face and mouth, including problems from birth defects (such as cleft palate), accidents causing disfigurement and removal of tumors in the tissues of the mouth. Surgeons also perform procedures to reshape the nose or jaw to improve appearance and function.
  • Oncology (Cancer) Surgery: This includes treatment of cancer of the head and neck and may involve surgery plus radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy.
  • Plastic Surgery: This is similar to reconstructive surgery, except that the surgery is often done for cosmetic purposes.


More than 5,500 patients come to the Northwest Texas Healthcare System Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery each year for comprehensive care from experts in the fields of neurology, neurosurgery and neuroradiology. The team treats neurological problems from chronic back pain to rare brain tumors.

Northwest Texas Healthcare System is the first in the region to perform neurosurgery procedures using the StealthStation™ S8, a surgical navigation system designed to help surgeons perform more accurate procedures in the operating room. Surgical navigation is key to offering enriched visual and quantified information to a surgeon during neurosurgery for accurate tool localization and possible avoidance of key anatomical areas of the brain.

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Orthopedic Surgery

Our orthopedic surgeons use advanced techniques and technology to diagnose and treat injuries and disorders involving joints, bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons, such as knee ligament injuries, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fractures.​ Surgeries performed include hip, knee and shoulder total joint replacement; hand, shoulder and elbow surgery; foot and ankle surgery; and surgery for traumatic injuries.

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Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgery is a treatment for people with disorders of the circulatory system. These disorders fall into two broad categories:  atherosclerosis, which affects the arterial system, and thrombophlebitis, which affects the venous system. The past decade has seen numerous diagnostic and surgical technological advances in treatment of vascular problems, such as ultrasound enhancement, angioplasty, stenting devices and improved imaging techniques. Because the vascular disease process involves multiple systems of the body, the care team often requires the combined efforts of a surgeon, radiologist and internist.

Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery is a method in which the procedure is performed using small tools attached to a robotic arm, which the surgeon controls with a computer. Small incisions are made to insert the instruments into your body. A thin tube with a camera attached to the end of it enables the surgeon to view enlarged 3-D images of the body as the surgery is being performed. The robot matches the doctor's hand movements. Robotic procedures may result in a faster recovery and less time in the hospital.

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Find a Doctor

To find a surgeon or another type of physician affiliated with Northwest Texas Healthcare System, contact our free physician referral service at 800-887-1114 or search online.

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if minimally invasive and robotic surgery are right for you.