While the decision to have surgery is never an easy one, today's advanced technology makes surgery less invasive and recovery time shorter. At Woodlawn Hospital, we offer you many options for surgical care. State-of-the-art equipment and a highly skilled surgical team provide safe and sophisticated services close to home.

The surgical staff consists of board certified Surgeons, a board certified Anesthesiologist, skilled Registered Nurses and support staff who provide services, support and education to make your surgical experience a positive one.

The Surgical department is committed to giving safe and skilled care to patients of all ages. Our services include general, orthopedic, limited ENT, urological, obstetrical/gynecological and endoscopic procedures.

Same Day Surgery and Outpatient Surgery

Due to tremendous technological advances, an extensive range of surgeries can now be performed safely and cost effectively on an outpatient basis.

Before Your Procedure or Surgery

1)Check with your physician regarding all of your current medications, vitamins or herbal supplements. Some medications need to be stopped or adjusted up to a week prior to your procedure. It is very important to check with and follow your physician's instructions.

2) Inform your physician and the nursing personnel of any allergies.

3) Notify your physician should you have a cold, infection, fever or illness of any kind prior to your procedure.

4) Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your procedure; except for any medications your physician instructed you to take.

5) Wear comfortable clothing.

6) Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

7) Do not bring valuables, credit cards or money with you.

8) Arrange for transportation as you will not be allowed to drive yourself home.

9) Please remember to bring your medical insurance cards for registration. Your financial obligation, co-payment or deductible, can be met by cash, check or credit card.

What to Expect

When you arrive at the hospital, report to the Central Registration department located on the first floor across from the Emergency Room. After the registration process, you will be taken to a pre-operative outpatient room to be prepared for your procedure. Your family and friends are welcome to stay with you in your room or may wait in our outpatient waiting area. Following your procedure, you may go to a recovery area. When you are sufficiently recovered, you will be taken back to your room.

The recovery period varies according to the individual patient and the type of procedure performed. Your physician and nurse will determine when it is safe for you to be discharged. When discharged, please arrange to have someone drive you home after your procedure. The effects of anesthesia will prevent you from driving, operating machinery, or making any legal, binding contracts or decisions for at least 24 hours after discharge.

Anesthesia and You