Surgical Options

Hancock Regional Hospital features a variety of innovative surgical capabilities. We continually educate our surgeons and surgical services staff on the most up to date and advanced surgical techniques and equip our Surgical Services Suite with innovative technology to enhance the care and outcome of our surgery patients.

Our surgeons provide surgical services for:

  • C-Sections & Tubal ligations
  • Eye/intraocular lens implantation
  • General and thoracic surgical procedures
  • Gynecology
  • Orthopedic procedures
  • Joint replacement
  • Laparoscopy procedures
    • Appendectomy
    • Cholecystectomy
    • Bowel resection
    • Hernia repair
  • Pacemaker placement
  • Peripheral vascular surgery
  • Prostate seed implants
  • Stretta procedure (Heartburn relief)
  • Lumbar or cervical spine and neck procedures

Hancock Regional Hospital's Surgery Department is pleased that we have the opportunity to provide you with high quality health care. We would like to give you some information to make your visit with us a positive experience.

Preparing for Surgery

  • Be sure to get a good night's rest the night before surgery
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke after midnight the day before surgery
  • If you are going home after surgery, you will not be allowed to drive. Please make arrangements in advance for someone to take you home.
  • We recommend you do not bring children with you the day of surgery if possible

Questions to Ask Before Surgery

  • How long will I be in the operating room?
  • Will I be able to go home after my surgery?
  • Will you talk to my family after surgery?
  • Will I need lab tests and x-rays before surgery?
  • Will I take any special medication before or after surgery?
  • Will I be on a special diet before or after surgery?
  • How long should I plan to be off work?
  • How long until I feel back to normal?
  • Will I need assistance at home or can I care for myself?
  • Will I need pain medication at home?
  • When do I need to come back for a follow up visit?

Your surgeon will be giving you a lot of information. You may find it helpful to take notes. Several days prior to your surgery you will receive a call from our "PASS" (Pre-Admission to Surgical Services) team. PASS nurses will be sure that you are prepared and informed about you experience as a surgical patient.

The Day of Surgery

You will enter the hospital from the main entrance on State Street. Go to the information desk located right inside the door. Our volunteers will direct you to registration. Be sure to arrive at the assigned time noted on your pre-operative instructions.

After registration, a nurse will take you back to the Same Day Surgery area. She will ask you some questions, get any needed lab tests and have you change your clothes.

Family and friends may visit you following these preparation activities

If you are having a procedure requiring anesthesia, your anesthesiologists will visit and discuss your anesthetic options and plan of care.

Do not wear fingernail polish or makeup and remove all jewelry and body piercings.

Do not bring pajamas, robes or slippers unless you will be spending the night with us after your surgery. We will provide you with a change of clothing for your procedure.

Wear loose casual clothing that will be easy to get on and off. Slip on shoes are recommended.

We have a hospital chaplain available. If you would like to speak to him prior to your procedure, please inform your nurse of your wishes.

During your surgery, your family will wait in the Same Day Surgery waiting area. After your surgery is finished, your surgeon will speak with those accompanying you. It is recommended they take notes on the results of your procedures as you may not remember what your surgeon says as a result of the anesthetic.

You may go to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) for a while to recover from your anesthetic. When you awaken, the nurses will tell you where you are and that your surgery is over. You may have blurred vision, dry mouth, chills and other symptoms depending on what type of procedure you had.

If you are having pain or any other symptoms of discomfort, please tell your nurse and she will do everything possible to make you more comfortable.

The nurse will monitor your blood pressure, temperature and oxygen in your blood as you awaken. You may receive oxygen through a small tube that goes around you head past your nose.

Your time in PACU will vary depending on the type of surgery you had and how you respond to the anesthetic. Most people are ready to leave PACU in about an hour. At times it is necessary for people to stay up to three (3) hours.

Going Home

No matter how long you stay with us, most people are ready to go home. People recover more quickly in familiar settings.

Before you go home, make sure you understand your surgeon's instructions. Some general guidelines are listed below:

  • Start with a clear liquid diet and progress to your normal diet as you feel like eating. If you experience nausea and or vomiting, avoid solid food until the feeling passes.
  • Follow your surgeon's recommendations for activity. Regardless of the parameters, take it slow at first.
  • If you have a dressing, keep it clean, dry and intact. Some drainage or bleeding is normal. If you should soak your dressing, please contact your physician.
  • Call your surgeon if any of the following occur:
    • Persistent nausea or vomiting beyond 24 hours post op
    • Inability to urinate within 8 hours of surgery
    • Pain unrelieved by ordered pain medication
    • Temperature greater than 101 degrees F
    • Excessive incisional drainage or bleeding
    • After your return home, if you have a medical emergency, please call 911. Otherwise contact your surgeon's office for follow up.

Our experience and professional staff wish to make your surgical experience a safe and comfortable one. Please do not hesitate to ask for anything you need.

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