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Welcome Roland “Trey” Craft III, MD, FACS

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Roland “Trey” Craft III, MD, FACS, to its network of care. Dr. Craft will practice at Lexington Surgical Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Dr. Trey Craft

Dr. Trey Craft

Dr. Craft is board certified and a member of the American Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Association, Southeastern Surgical Congress and Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. An American College of Surgeons Fellow, he most recently worked in private practice in Columbia, where he specialized in general surgery.

Dr. Craft joins the the board-certified physicians at Lexington Surgical Associates to provide routine and highly complex general, thoracic, breast and colorectal surgical procedures.

A graduate of the College of Charleston and Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Dr. Craft completed his internship and residency at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He also completed a surgical critical care fellowship at USC.

Lexington Surgical Associates has three convenient locations around the Midlands. Dr. Craft is accepting new patients.

2728 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 104
West Columbia, SC 29169

811 West Main Street, Suite 202
Lexington, SC 29072

723 South Lake Drive
Lexington, SC 29072


Operation Santa Claus

Santa & Mrs. Clause

Dennis and Marie Green have played Santa and Mrs. Claus for 21 years. The couple from Greenwood, South Carolina began the holiday tradition at Dennis’s annual Christmas party. His jolly beard and her twinkling smile reminded friends and co-workers of the holiday’s most celebrated duo.

The Greens began visiting churches and family-friendly establishments each holiday season to listen to Christmas wishes from children throughout the community.

In October, Green had bypass surgery at Lexington Medical Center after experiencing severe angina, a type of chest pain that is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart.

Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery and Lexington Medical Center’s cardiology team made sure Santa was healthy in time for Christmas.

“I was very impressed with the level of care I received from Dr. Travis, Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery and the nurses at Lexington Medical Center,” said Dennis Green, a.k.a. Santa Claus.

He was back to taking Christmas lists from children after just two weeks.

“I didn’t have to shave my beard for surgery, which is very important this time of year,” added Green.

Cardiac surgery is a powerful treatment that restores heart function and saves lives. It’s one of the most critical components of the complete heart and vascular program at Lexington Medical Center.

Merry Christmas.

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

Lexington Medical Center is the first hospital in the Columbia area to perform Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS). The state-of-the-art procedure is designed to limit scarring, reduce post-surgery pain and shorten recovery time.

“Single incision surgery represents the next step in advancement in the field of surgery,” said Dr. Jeffrey Libbey of the Southern Surgical Group. Dr. Libbey has performed Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery at Lexington Medical Center since September, 2008.

Gone are the days when surgery created large incisions in a patient’s abdomen. The technology is even evolving from general laparoscopic surgery, where a doctor makes 3 to 5 small incisions.

In Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, surgeons make one incision in the patient’s belly button and pass multiple instruments through the abdomen. The procedure incorporates new instruments that bend in order to accomplish the task.

“The appeal is one incision,” said Dr. Libbey. “There are fewer scars.”

Since completing specialized SILS training at Gwinnett Medical Center near Atlanta, Dr. Libbey has performed approximately 25 gall bladder operations with SILS at Lexington Medical Center. Dr. Douglas Reid of the Southern Surgical Group is also performing the procedure.

“Patients do not have any visible incisions. They all seem to have less pain. Their recovery seems like it’s going to be faster,” Dr. Libbey said.

So far, the doctors at Lexington Medical Center have used SILS for gall bladder patients. According to Dr. Libbey, the surgery may be a good option for hernia operations and appendectomies in the future.

For now, options for patients who need abdominal surgery have never looked better.