Surgical Services & Same-Day Surgery

Southwest Memorial Hospital offers state-of-the-art surgical care in three operating rooms and one endoscopy suite.

Our team of experienced surgeons, anesthesiologists and anesthetists, surgical nurses, and surgical technologists all have safety and the best possible outcome for each and every patient as their number one priority.

Same-Day Surgery

Advances in technology have made undergoing surgery much less complex than it was even one decade ago. Lasers, specialized scopes, microsurgical instruments, and sophisticated radiologic equipment make it possible for many diagnostic and surgical procedures to be performed without ever spending the night in the hospital. Same-Day Surgery patients undergo a procedure and return home later that same day.

Our most common procedures include laparoscopic gallbladder removal, appendectomy, hysterectomy and total joint replacement. Also, knee arthroscopy, pain management and cataract surgery, as well as diagnostic procedures such as a breast biopsy, colonoscopy and EGD.

Same-day surgery in a safe hospital setting offers many advantages for patients. It is less costly than staying overnight, less disruptive to your normal routine, and allows you to recuperate in the comfort of your own home. You can expect the same high quality care and personal attention in the Same Day Surgery unit as you would receive had you been admitted to the hospital.

Same-Day Surgery: What To Expect

Your doctor’s office will schedule a pre-admission visit and testing appointment for you. During your pre-admission visit, your nurse will give you information on the surgery you are scheduled for and explain what will take place on the day of surgery, including the time you should arrive and any special instructions. It is a good idea to bring a list of your current medications as well as a list of surgical procedures you have had performed in the past to your pre-admission visit. This will help ensure that all information pertaining to your health is accurate.

The day of your procedure, your nurse will prepare you for surgery and you will meet with your anesthesia provider. Some procedures are performed under general anesthetic (asleep), others are performed using sedation (you are sleepy but aware), and still others require only local anesthetic (the area is numbed by injection but you are awake).

Upon completion of your surgery you will be moved to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit or to a bed in Same-Day Surgery. You will remain in Same-Day Surgery until it is determined that you are alert enough to return home. Once at home, you must be able to follow your physician’s orders regarding diet, rest, and pain medication.

A day or two after you return home, expect a call from a Same Day Surgery nurse who will check in to make sure you are recovering according to plan. They will also call you again in two weeks to ensure that you are healing appropriately.