MMH Physician Spotlight: Dr. Dalkeith Facey, General Surgeon
Back in February, General Surgeon Dalkeith Facey (DO, MBA) joined the Massena Memorial Hospital staff and has been a valuable asset to the organization since his first day. One reason Facey is a valuable asset to MMH is because he performs a surgery called Laparoscopic Colon Resection and is one of the few surgeons in the St. Lawrence County area that does this.
Laparoscopic Colon Resection is a type of surgery that allows surgeons to perform many common colon procedures through small incisions. In most laparoscopic colon resections, surgeons operate through 4-5 small openings (quarter inch) while watching an enlarged image of the patient’s internal organs on a television monitor. In some cases, one of the small openings may be lengthened to 2-3 inches to complete the procedure.
“We are pleased to have Dr. Facey join our hospital staff,” said MMH Chief Executive Officer Bob Wolleben. “Dr. Facey has brought new medical capabilities to our community in his laparoscopic work. He also brings a good balance of very sophisticated care and personal interaction with patients.”
MMH Public Relations Specialist Jake Spriggs sat down with Dr. Facey recently to discuss this type of procedure and all types of procedures he performs as well as why Facey chose to work at MMH.
What types of surgeries do you do?
Facey: I do general surgery, breast, laparoscopic and open colorectal, thyroid, laparoscopic and open hernia, temporary vascular/hemodialysis access, hemorrhoid surgery, wound care, minimally invasive surgeries, upper endoscopy and colonoscopy and stereotactic breast biopsy.
What are the advantages of the Laparoscopic Colon Resection procedure?
Facey: The main benefit of the procedure is that you get to do more with smaller incisions. When you do the incisions inside of the abdomen, it allows you to work on a wide part of the body even with smaller ports where the incisions are made. Other benefits are that the patient is happier because of a shorter recovery time, there is less pain, and the smaller holes allow for a greater cosmetic appearance.
What factors help patients become candidates for this type of surgery?
Facey: Just about anyone is eligible for the laparoscopic surgery. I think obese patients benefit more from this surgery because they are more prone to wound infection so the smaller incisions decrease the chance for bacteria to enter the body and cause infection. But really anyone who has an internal pathology needed for removal is a candidate for the surgery.
Why did you choose to work at MMH?
Facey: I chose to work here because of two things. I love the St. Lawrence River and I live right next to it which is nice. Also the camaraderie of the staff was another one. From my first interview, I was very impressed.
Dr. Nimesh Desai, MMH Medical Director, Internal Medicine, was the first doctor I talked to and we hit it off immediately. I formed a very good relationship with him and the other primary care doctors. Dr. Sanjay Shah, General Surgeon, and I share an office together and he is really nice to work with too.
Massena Hospital is a great place to work because they will go to the end of the earth to get what you want to do your job. So I would say working here gives you a good mixture of social and work life.
Why would you recommend working at MMH?
Facey: There is a great chain of staff here, from the front/registration desk to the surgical team. Everyone is very courteous, welcoming, and the professionals here do their job with a smile. When everyone works together here, the patients’ satisfaction is revealed.
Facey is Board Certified with the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, and a member of American Osteopathic Association, Wytheville Rotary Group in Virginia and Sigma Beta Delta – National honor society for business management and administration.
Dr. Facey and Dr. Shah’s practice is the MMH Surgical Group and Wound Care, in the Medical Office Building, at 181 Maple Street, Massena. To make an appointment please call (315)769-4656. Facey welcomes new patients and referrals for all your general surgery, wound care and endoscopy needs.