|Smithville Regional Hospital, through its Department of Surgical Services, offers a full range of services for the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of patients requiring surgical attention.
Our Surgical Service Department provides a wide range of services, including: General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Gynecologic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Urological, Endoscopy, and Podiatry. SRH will be adding ear, nose and throat surgery in the very near future. SRH is committed to providing its surgical patients with technologically advanced treatments, including endoscopic and laproscopic procedures utilizing state-of-the-art equipment backed by medical professionals with solid experience.
Surgery is conducted using minimally invasive techniques offering the best in medical care to our patients. The Surgical Unit could be considered as the “Heart of the Hospital” where most of our inpatient/outpatient care is located. Our staff consists of both registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses. They work closely with other members of the healthcare team in providing a wide range of services for patients.
Our Hospital provides the highest quality of care in a warm, personalized setting for those patients whose surgical needs may or may not require a hospital stay. Because we specialize in inpatient/outpatient surgery we can devote individual time and attention to you.
Most people will tell you “there’s no place like home.” We agree. That’s why Smithville Regional Hospital offers a complete range of advanced inpatient/outpatient surgical procedures developed with your comfort, convenience, and individual medical needs in mind. Your desire for home recovery has led the way to more procedures being made available on an outpatient basis. Research is also a guiding force, indicating that patients get better faster in the familiar surroundings of home. That’s the real value of outpatient surgery returning you to your normal activities sooner. The specialized skills, technology and resources of our staff and nurses are making this possible for more patients of all ages.
WHAT TO BRING FOR PRE-ADMISSION TESTING
Several tests, including diagnostic blood tests, urinalysis, a chest X-ray and EKG may be performed as ordered by your physician. At this time, your medical history will be reviewed, as well as, any medications you are currently taking.
PREPARING AT HOME FOR SURGERY
If you become ill with fever, cold, sore throat or other illness, please notify your physician.
If you receive general anesthesia or sedation, you must arrange for a friend or relative to drive you home following your procedure. Any anesthetic you receive may make you drowsy for up to 24 hours, so driving is not permitted.
For patients under 18 - a parent or guardian must remain with the child during admission and then remain in the waiting area during the procedure. Please be advised that there are vending machines in the area. The parents or guardians are welcome to bring snacks or drinks with them.
Please bathe or shower prior to coming in for surgery.
Remove all nail polish, make-up, lipstick, false eyelashes and hair pieces. The doctors and staff need to see your natural skin coloring.
Please wear casual, comfortable, loose clothing such as sweat suits, easy button shirts or blouses that are large enough in case you have a large bandage after surgery, and comfortable shoes (please, no high heels).
Inpatients: Bring your personal toiletries and your pajamas, robe and slippers.
Outpatients: You may want to bring a pair of slippers and a robe with you to the hospital.
All personal items need to be removed prior to surgery. Your nurse will instruct you of any exceptions to this policy.
Please leave valuables and jewelry at home. If you wear contact lenses, bring a case or leave them at home.
If you wear glasses, bring your case for their safe keeping.
If you smoke, try to quit or cut down before surgery.
Bring any medications you take regularly with you to the hospital.
If you have diabetes and have not received instructions concerning your morning insulin, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR.
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day of your procedure, unless otherwise instructed by your surgery personnel. This includes chewing gum, mints, water and coffee.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE FOR SURGERY
Please arrive at Smithville Regional Hospital per the time specified by your physician so that we can prepare you for surgery.
If you have not been instructed by your physician or hospital personnel, please arrive two (2) hours before your scheduled procedure, but not before 6:00 a.m. Complimentary parking is provided at Smithville Regional Hospital.
After you are registered, you will be taken to a pre-operative holding room where you will change into a hospital gown. A nurse will take a brief medical history, perform any needed lab work (that has not already been completed) and ask you to sign a consent form for surgery. You will also meet with an anesthetist to discuss the type of anesthesia you’ll receive. Parents may remain with children during this time.
For your safety, you will be taken directly to the operating room on a gurney or in a wheelchair. (Your friends and family will be directed to the waiting area.)
When the nurse is taking your history, please remember to mention:
Once it is determined that you are in a safe condition to have surgery, your family or friend may wait with you in the pre-operative holding room until you are taken to surgery.
While you are undergoing surgery, your family or friend(s) may remain in the waiting room so they will be able to meet with your physician after your surgery is over.
Family Waiting Areas
Your surgery will be performed in the north end of the hospital. Family members and visitors are encouraged to wait in the family waiting area or the post-op room. There, the physician can give an update on your condition following surgery.
AFTER YOUR SURGERY RECOVERY ROOM
After your surgery, depending on what type of anesthesia you received, you will be taken to the recovery room and remain at the hospital until your physician and nurse have determined it is safe for you to go home.
Depending on the type of anesthetic you received, you may have blurry vision, a dry mouth and/or chills. Noises may sound louder than usual. The nurse will check your dressing and blood pressure often. You may also have an IV and other tubes used for drainage. The area around your surgery may hurt or burn. Don’t be afraid to ask your nurse for pain medication. Before you can leave the hospital, your nurse will make sure that you are able to walk, urinate and take liquids.
The time spent in Recovery varies from patient to patient, but usually averages about 45 minutes to one hour. If you are an inpatient, you will be taken to your hospital room after the recovery room. Your family and friends may see you the same day as your surgery. If you are an outpatient, you will be taken to another unit to continue your recovery or back to the outpatient area for discharge. Be sure to have arrangements for someone to drive you home.
Smithville Regional Hospital accepts most major insurance plans. Where appropriate, the hospital will bill the insurance company as a courtesy to the patient. However, the patient is financially responsible for all charges incurred.
For more information regarding charges or billing procedures, please call an SRH patient account representative at (512) 237-3214.
We hope all your questions about Smithville Regional Hospital have been answered. If not, please call (512) 237-3214. We are dedicated to making your stay as comfortable as possible.
At Smithville Regional Hospital, we begin our discharge planning process at the time you are admitted. Your personal discharge plan should begin even earlier. Plan to have someone drive you home from the hospital and also to your first doctor visit. Before you leave the hospital, your doctor and nurse will give you specific written instructions on how to care for yourself at home and will answer any questions you may have.
Inpatients stay in the hospital after surgery so the doctor and nurses can monitor their recovery. Other hospital staff, such as physical therapists, social workers, and/or dieticians may also be available.
Outpatients will be discharged the day of surgery and recover at home. Remember that activity helps circulation and deep breathing speeds recovery. You will be told what type of activity is safe to do.
Walking wakes up all your systems, helping your body functions get back to normal. Be sure to have someone with you the first time you get out of the bed.
Breathing & Coughing
Deep breathing and coughing are important for all patients following surgery. Deep breathing expands the lungs, aids circulation, and helps prevent pneumonia. If you are recovering in the hospital, you may be asked to use the respirator exerciser regularly. The first times you are asked to cough, use a pillow to support your abdomen.
Your digestive system may be slow after surgery. If you are staying in the hospital, you may be fed with an IV after your operation. Your diet will then gradually progress from liquids to solids over time. If you are an outpatient recovering at home, be sure to follow your doctor’s orders.
You may be given pain medication in the hospital or be sent home with a prescription for some. Everyone has different levels of pain. If you have pain or nausea, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor or nurse for medications. Tell your doctor or nurse if you have any or have had any side effects from the pain medication.
Your doctor will leave orders when you can go home. Your nurse will give you instructions and answer any questions you may have.
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