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Surgical Services:
General & Laparoscopic

Surgery, without the boat rides


Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s new, state-of-the-art facility features an expanded interventional services area, including two operating rooms, as well as a procedure room. Our team of board-certified surgeons, nurses and
anesthesia personnel perform over 700 surgical procedures every year right here on-island, and our operating rooms are staffed 24/7.

From routine procedures like colonoscopies and endoscopies, to hernia repair, or shoulder and knee arthroscopies, our surgeons are trained and certified in both general surgery and minimally-invasive laparoscopic techniques. And in 2019, the Interventional Services Department’s patient safety track record was highlighted by zero surgical site infections.

In addition to traditional surgical interventions, NCH also offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapeutic injections to treat injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints.

Dr. Frank O’Connor, the island’s newest addition to the surgery team, complements NCH’s longtime surgeons Dr. Tim Lepore and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rocco Monto, allowing more patients to stay on-island and take advantage of our brand new facility. Ask your primary care provider for a referral for elective procedures.

We are committed to delivering quality care and providing the best outcomes for our patients, evidenced by the fact that our operating room has one of the lowest surgical infections rates in Massachusetts.

Our general and laparoscopic surgical services include:

  • Appendectomies
  • Cesarean sections
  • Colonoscopies
  • Exploratory surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Gastroscopies
  • Gastroenterology procedures
  • Hernia repairs
  • Lysis of adhesions
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Spinal taps (lumbar puncture)
  • Orthopedic procedures
Meet our Team

Meet our Team


Meet Lionel Starr

Facing hernia surgery, Lionel Starr, 70, wanted a procedure that would allow him to quickly return to his job at an island service station. He found it at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, where “keyhole” incisions were used repair intestinal protrusions that had developed after a previous major operation. “During surgery, the doctor found a second hernia that never even showed up in the CT scan,” Starr said. “I went home the same day. We are so fortunate to have a full-time expert in minimally invasive surgery right here on the island.”

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