RMC Surgical Group

Introduction to RMC’s New Surgical Group

As the largest healthcare provider in Northeast Alabama, we’re dedicated to providing the best surgical care we possibly can through the RMC Surgical Group. Our surgeons provide a wide range of procedures dedicated to your health and comfort. 

The RMC Surgical Group is a collaborative group of specialists that ensures comprehensive surgical care. Our goal is to let you have access to a surgeon at all times, whether physically on-site or on-call. This helps with both urgent care and patient recovery. 

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Meet Our Dedicated Surgical Group

Allow us to introduce the specialists who will be handling your surgical care needs. Currently, the group consists of three members:

  • Dr. Peter Jernigan, MD: Dr. Jernigan is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL. He’s a general surgeon but has also specialized in bariatric surgery. Patients appreciate his professionalism, honesty, and care.
  • Dr. Matthew Seaman, MD: A graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York, Dr. Seaman is a general surgeon and a dedicated professional. Aside from his surgical skills, he’s known for his bedside manner. Patients of all ages are impressed with his ability to explain their conditions and treatments. 
  • Dr. Lexie Vaughn, MD: Dr. Vaughn is a graduate of Mercer University School of Medicine. She’s a general surgeon known for her interest in minimally invasive surgery, and more specifically, minimally invasive weight loss surgery.  She’s a tireless researcher always looking for better ways to help her patients in the least invasive way possible.

These surgeons are among the area’s best and they’ve completely dedicated their time and attention to making sure you get the best surgical care possible. 

Comprehensive Surgical Care Services

Our mission at the Regional Medical Center’s Surgical Care Group is to offer a comprehensive suite of surgical services that not only meet, but exceed, the healthcare needs of our community. Our services include various specialties, ensuring that whether you need a routine procedure or a complex operation, you’re in the safest hands. Here’s what to expect:

  • General surgery: Addressing common surgical procedures, including appendectomies, hernia repairs, vascular conditions, and more.
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery: Offering advanced care for conditions affecting the digestive system, including minimally invasive endoscopic techniques.
  • Oncological surgery: Includes the surgical treatment of cancer by removing tumors and other malignant growths.
  • Anti-reflux surgery: A surgical procedure that aims to relieve the symptoms of acid reflux in patients suffering from severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) when these symptoms cannot be managed with medication.
  • Orthopedic surgery: Specializing in procedures related to bones, joints, and muscles, from sports injuries to joint replacements. 

This is not a comprehensive list of the types of surgeries our surgical group can perform. If you’d like to know more, check out our surgical services page or reach out to us for more information.

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The Benefits of a Collaborative Care Approach

The collaborative nature of the Group allows for more involvement in surgical care. As is often the case, teamwork improves efficiency and leads to better decision-making and improved patient outcomes.

  • Improved efficiency: With specialists collaborating, your care is more coordinated, reducing wait times and improving efficiency.
  • Better decision-making: With multiple specialists handling your care, it’s much easier and faster to come up with a comprehensive treatment plan.
  • Better patient outcomes: Our collaborative approach continues post-surgery. This ensures your recovery plan is tailored to your specific needs, speeding up your return to daily life.

The RMC Surgical Group will be supported by the rest of the RMC staff every step of the way. Your surgical care is in safe hands. 

Our State-of-the-Art Facilities

We operate some of the most advanced surgical facilities in the area. From advanced imaging to robotic arms, we ensure every surgery is performed with precision and safety in mind.

These systems allow surgeons to perform complex procedures with increased accuracy, flexibility, and control, leading to better patient outcomes. You spend less time on the table, less time in the hospital, and less time in recovery. 

  • Da Vinci Surgical System: This state-of-the-art system is of great help to surgeons especially when performing minimally invasive surgical procedures. This technology allows for smaller incisions, which helps reduce pain, blood loss, and recovery time.
  • Mako Robotic Arm: Uses advanced imaging to create more detailed surgical plans based on your unique anatomy. During procedures, it helps to preserve more healthy tissue.

Check this page out if you want to know more about our robotic surgery technologies


How should I prepare for surgery at RMC?

Preparation for surgery involves several steps, including attending pre-operative consultations, reviewing your medications with your surgeon, completing any necessary pre-surgical testing, and following specific instructions regarding fasting and medications. We also recommend arranging for someone to assist you post-surgery and preparing your home for a comfortable recovery.

What measures are in place at RMC to ensure patient safety during surgery?

Patient safety is our top priority. We adhere to strict protocols and standards in sterilization, surgical procedures, and post-operative care. Our surgical suites and equipment are maintained at the highest levels of cleanliness and safety, and our staff are trained in the latest safety procedures and techniques.

What is the recovery process like after surgery at RMC?

The recovery process varies depending on the type of surgery performed. However, RMC is dedicated to ensuring a smooth recovery for all patients. This includes personalized post-operative care plans, pain management strategies, and rehabilitation services when necessary. Our collaborative group approach ensures you receive comprehensive support throughout your recovery.

Get in Touch with Our Surgical Care Group

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our surgical care group to receive the best surgical care in the region. You can click the button below to schedule a consultation or you can give us a call at 256-231-7575.

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