Nonoperative treatment is increasingly the trend in the field of trauma care, but our surgeons in the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery are here to perform emergency surgery whenever needed. Complex emergency surgery is frequently necessary for acute appendicitis, perforated peptic ulcer disease, an incarcerated or strangulated intestine, or abdominal wall reconstruction, among other conditions.
For patients who require complex emergency surgery, we are the referral center for many hospitals in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and even northern Mexico. Our goal is to continually improve outcomes for patients; we leverage all available resources to achieve the lowest mortality and morbidity rates possible.
To that end, we have established an Acute Care Surgery Registry, similar to the Trauma Registry, that serves as a database for future outcome studies.