Surgical Services

Quality Care

When surgery is in your future, REX Health Care's surgical services staff is here to devote time to you and your family - before and after surgery. Even though our crucial work is done in the operating room, we’re here for you throughout the process.

At UNC REX, we are proud to serve you as the leading surgery provider in Wake County. We offer a complete range of inpatient and outpatient surgical care. Surgical services include our state-of-the-art surgery centers, a minor procedure center and hospital-based operating rooms with the ability to perform open-heart surgery. Our team includes UNC REX affiliated physicians, more than 200 registered nurses and a wide range of medical technicians and support personnel. We offer a variety of treatments and procedures using advanced medical technology. In fact, we have invested more than $32 million into transforming our operating rooms to include state-of-the-art equipment and digital technology.

Our team of UNC REX affiliated physicians bring extensive surgical experience to you and your loved ones. We’re committed to providing quality service, which includes advanced surgical procedures and working with your primary physician to ensure continuity of care.

Our Services

At UNC REX, we offer a variety of surgical options and treatments to help you get back to good health. According to patient satisfaction polls, our surgery patients are extremely satisfied with our quality care and high surgical standards.

Learn more about the services we offer:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Our team at REX Cardiac Surgical Specialists offers the highest quality care from diagnosis, through surgery and on to recovery.

Our surgeons offer over 20 years of experience each, and with the comprehensive resources available through the UNC Health Care System, you and referring physicians can count on our expertise, innovation and compassionate care.

Cataract Surgery

If you or a loved one is experiencing cloudy vision due to cataracts, UNC REX offers cataract surgical options as a method of treatment. Cataract surgery is generally a simple, outpatient procedure.

Prostate Procedures

Cystoscopy Laser Enucleation of the Prostate

This is a procedure that involves removing prostate tissue which is causing blockage. This minimally invasive operation is performed on men who have an enlarged prostate and who are experiencing problems urinating.

During the surgery, a telescope is passed through the urethra and a laser is used to cut away the enlarged portions of the prostate tissue. The tissue is broken up by a morcellator and removed through the telescope. By removing the obstructed tissue, the capsule of the prostate remains intact, and the blockage is released which allows the patient to experience relief.


This minimally invasive system opens up the blocked urethra by lifting or holding enlarged prostate tissue out of the way. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue. The goal of treatment with the UroLift System is to relieve common side effects of other prostate treatments.

Heartburn Center

Our team at the REX Heartburn Center is here to help you stop heartburn and live a better quality of life.

Heartburn is common. An occasional episode is generally nothing to worry about. However, more than 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn regularly, even daily. Frequent and constant heartburn is the most common symptom of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

Hernia Repair

A hernia, occurs when the muscles in your abdomen weaken or tear. The risk of abdominal tissue or intestines pushing through the tear is may cause severe complications. As a result, it is important to pay attention to your symptoms and discuss them with your doctor. For larger, painful hernias, surgery may be a treatment option.

The best surgical option depends on the patient and type of hernia. Some can be repaired laparoscopically, while others require open surgery. UNC REX offers both treatment options and will work work with surgeons experienced in complex hernia repair.

Common types of hernias that are surgically treated include:

Gallstone Surgery

The gallbladder is a small organ located in your upper right abdomen that aids in digestion. Gallbladder attacks are caused by the presence of gallstones in the gallbladder. Gallstones form when the liquid inside the gallbladder hardens into small, hard pieces. They can form for a number of reasons and can cause a painfully and potentially dangerous condition.

Frequent gallbladder attacks may be treated with surgery to remove the gallbladder through a procedure called cholecystectomy. The gallbladder is a nonessential organ and having it removed is a very common surgical procedure.

Most cholecystectomies can be performed laparoscopically, which is less invasive than open surgery and cuts down on recovery time.

General Surgery

Our team at North Carolina Surgery live and work in our community and are proud to be part of a practice that has been caring for our neighbors for over 70 years. We offer the most advanced surgical skill and the highest quality care for all of our patients and make it a priority to do so with compassion. Please let us know how we may assist with your surgical needs.

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery allows our surgeons to perform some procedures less invasively through the use of tools that can be inserted into very small incisions in the abdomen. Through the use of a small camera and long, narrow tools, a surgeon can view the surgical site on a monitor and manipulate tissue without having to perform an invasive procedure.

Not all procedures can be performed laparoscopically, but some common laparoscopic procedures are:

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic colon removal
  • Laparoscopic splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication (reflux surgery)
  • SILS (single incision laparoscopic surgery)

Orthopedic Surgery

UNC REX Hospital is a state-of-the-art orthopedic facility and is designed to provide you with the highest quality of patient care in a comfortable environment. Our board-certified surgeons and staff are committed to your well-being.

UNC REX performs more total joint replacement surgeries a year than any other hospital in the Triangle. We offer a full range of diagnostic imaging, a dedicated orthopedic inpatient unit, rehabilitation services, two long-term skilled nursing care facilities and five wellness centers. Our medical staff includes orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists and podiatrists.

We perform several orthopedic procedures, including:

  • Total knee, hip and shoulder replacements
  • Anterior cruciate ligament repairs
  • Rotator cuff repairs
  • Repair of various fractures (including hip and ankle)
  • Sports medicine surgeries
  • Elbow reconstruction
  • Knee, shoulder and hip arthroscopy

UNC REX has been named a Top 100 Hospital in orthopedic excellence by HCIA, an organization that collects and distributes comparative health care information. The title is earned by measuring quality of care, efficiency of operations and continuous high level of performance.

To learn more about your orthopedic options, contact our physician referral service.

Thoracic Surgery

Our team at REX Thoracic Surgical Specialists includes fellowship trained surgeons who work with other clinicians at UNC REX to diagnose and treat disease of the chest including lung and esophageal cancers, infections and more.

Vascular Surgery

Our team at REX Vascular Specialists treat diseases of the arteries and veins throughout the body. We offer you minimally invasive ways to relieve leg pain and swelling, prevent amputation, reduce the risk of stroke and perform life-saving interventions for aortic aneurysms.

Weight Loss Surgery

Our team at REX Bariatric Specialists can offer you a solution if you are struggling with your weight. Have you struggled with your weight and health for years? Are diet and exercise programs not helping you maintain good health?

We can help.

If you have a referral, would like to consult with our surgeons or have any questions, please call:

Rex Surgery Center of Raleigh

Rex Surgery Center of Cary

Rex Surgery Center of Wakefield

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