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    What to Expect

    You will be scheduled to speak with a pre-operative nurse before the scheduled surgery date. This pre-op teaching takes place around one week prior to your surgery date. The pre-op nurse will review your medical information including medications and any past surgical procedures you have had. It is essential that the doctor and anesthesiologist know the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter supplements.

    After reviewing your medical information, the pre-op nurse will provide important information regarding your surgery.

    On the day of your surgery, you will be asked to arrive an hour to two hours before your scheduled surgery time. Patients will have the convenience of a quicker check-in at Switchboard, located at the left-hand side of the Emergency Room entrance, on the south side of the hospital. By registering by the ER entrance, this ensures that patients get checked in quickly and then directed to our Outpatient Surgery Unit, which is located on the 2nd Floor. All other services at IMH (clinic appointments, lab work, X-Ray, etc.) are registered at the Main Entrance of the hospital.

    During this time period, an IV will be started and the necessary preparation for surgery will be completed. The anesthesiologist and doctor will also visit you.

    Once the patient leaves for surgery, family members will be able to wait in the waiting room. The nurse will also provide updates. If any family is unable to wait here, they may leave a phone number so that our staff can provide updates and doctors can speak to them once the surgery is done. When the surgery has been completed, the doctor will speak to the family, privately, in our consultation room (or via phone if the family is not here and has left a phone number to reach them). After the doctor has talked to the family, they may meet the patient in the assigned post-op room after the patient has woken up from anesthesia. The patient will be monitored in the post-op room until they meet the criteria to be discharged.

    Iroquois Memorial Hospital has four surgical suites and up to six recovery room beds. We also have two procedure rooms directly off of the Outpatient Surgery area.

    The surgical staff consists of competent and skilled registered nurses. The surgical nurses are all certified in advanced cardiac life support.

    The surgical department accommodates patients of all ages. Because of our size patient's family members are encouraged to stay with their loved ones before their surgical procedure. Patients receive personalized and individualized care throughout their visit. The surgical department is committed to giving safe, and skilled care to all patients.

    Types of Surgeries

    GENERAL SURGERY - General surgery involves all parts of the body, including the neck, stomach, esophagus, liver, and more. General surgeons are trained in a broad range of surgical procedures including emergency surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical oncology, and more.

    GASTROENTEROLOGY - Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine focused on the digestive system and its disorders. Diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, which include the organs from mouth into anus, along the alimentary canal, are the focus of this specialty.

    ENT (EAR, NOSE, THROAT)/ OTOLARYNGOLOGISTS - For an ENT physician, the ear, nose, throat, larynx, and sinuses are in the scope of treatment areas. Unlike physicians who can only medically treat conditions involving these areas and structures, ENT doctors can treat and also perform surgery on the structures involved, if necessary.

    ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY - Orthopedic surgery treats injuries to the bones, joints, and muscles. Many treatment options are available for conditions involving the neck, back, hips, shoulders, elbows, ankles, and more. Orthopedic surgeons commonly treat patients with fractures and dislocations, arthritis, sports-related injuries, and more.

    PAIN MANAGEMENT - People suffering from chronic pain may be able to find relief with surgery or other treatment options. Common conditions include chronic back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, and more. Your pain management specialist will work with you to determine the best course of action for your condition.

    PODIATRIC SURGERY - Podiatric surgery treats disorders of the feet and ankles. Common conditions include bunions, hammertoes, fractures, and more.

    UROLOGY - Urology, also known as genitourinary surgery, is the branch of medicine that focuses on surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs.

    General Surgeons:

    M. Hytham I. Beck, M.D. FACS**
    Daniel Chase, M.D.

    To learn more, please contact 815.432.7751.