Southeast Surgery is located on first floor of the main Hospital campus. Both in-patient/outpatient procedures are performed in our multiple state-of-the-art surgical suites. From lighting to surgical equipment to interactive computer technology, the Southeast Surgery Center’s features are cutting edge. We offer:
- Private pre-op and post- recovery rooms offer you your own space to prepare for surgery and recover afterward until you’re feeling well enough to go home.
- An electronic patient tracking system lets your family and care team know exactly where you are at every point during the surgical process. Information is displayed in confidential and easy-to-understand terms on a screen in the family waiting room so visitors know whether a given patient is in pre-op, surgery or recovery.
The Registration Desk is located in the lobby off the Main Entrance to the Hospital. After registration, you will be escorted to the surgery center.
There are reserved parking spaces for surgery patients and families located adjacent to the Hospital parking garage.
SoutheastHEALTH continually brings the latest medical technology to the region enabling our surgeons to perform complex surgical procedures in an outpatient setting. Patients are often able to return home after surgery rather than spend days of recovery time at the hospital.
SoutheastHEALTH also continues to develop collaboration opportunities with Washington University School of Medicine for specialized patient care as well as physician education.
We want to provide as much information as possible so you will be well prepared for your surgery. If you have additional questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to call us at 573-651-5830.
Your Pre-Surgery Visit
Your appointment for a pre-surgical visit will allow you time to ask questions and for the medical staff at the Hospital to gather information to help reduce the possibility of surgical complications and prevent delays on the day of surgery. We want to ensure that you are as safe and comfortable as possible during your anesthesia, surgery and recovery.
Please gather the following information and bring to your appointment:
- Insurance Information
- List of prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications and supplements you normally take
- List of any allergies to medications
- List of any past surgeries and their approximate dates
- Copy of the identification for your pacemaker and defibrillator if you have these devices
- Copy of your Advanced Directive and Power of Attorney for Medical Care and Living Will (more information about these items below)
- Results of any pre-surgery tests that were done outside of SoutheastHEALTH System, such as blood work, electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, stress tests and cardiac cauterization. You can also ask your primary care physician or cardiologist to fax test results to Pre-Surgical Anesthesia Testing at 573-651-5882.
What to expect during your appointment
Your appointment will take approximately 30-45 minutes and possibly longer if you need additional testing. Open-heart surgery patients can plan on 2-4 hours for their appointment. Here is what will take place:
- Interview with nurse regarding your medical history and other necessary clinical information
- Vital signs taken, weight and height obtained
- Brief physical exam by nurse
- Discussion about which medications you should and should not take on the day of your surgery (unless previously determined by your surgeon)
- Review of patient education materials regarding your procedure
- Pediatric or adult medical history and physical examination by a Hospitalist or APRN if needed
- Anesthesia evaluation will be completed and an interview with an anesthesia provider if needed (more information below)
- Required pre-surgery diagnostic testing as requested by your physician (more information below)
- Scheduling of additional testing if needed
- You will be asked to provide a phone number where you can be reached 24 hours before surgery
What Kind of Testing to Expect
We offer a full range of testing services before surgery depending on your age, physical condition and/or procedure. A full determination of the scope of testing will be made at your appointment. Your physician may order one or more of the following:
- Blood Testing (labs)
- Chest X-ray
- Electro cardiogram (heart)
- Respiratory testing (lungs/breathing)
The type of anesthesia you will receive depends on the type of surgical procedure and your medical condition. Anesthesiology services provided at SoutheastHEALTH include:
- General Anesthesia— is used for more extensive procedures. Patients undergoing general anesthesia fall into a deep sleep and do not feel pain during surgery
- Local Anesthesia—is used to block pain in a specific part of the body. The patient remains fully alert
- MAC or Monitored Anesthesia Care—is accomplished by giving medications to help a patient relax during a minor procedure. Often patients do not remember their procedure after receiving MAC
- Regional Anesthesia—is used to block sensation in a particular anatomical region, such as the lower half of the body, an eye or an arm or leg. Patients remain conscious during regional anesthesia.
Advance Directives-- Power of Attorney and Living Will
Advanced Directives such as the Power of Attorney for Health Care and Living Will are legal documents stating how much medical care a person desires in certain circumstances. These documents allow you to appoint a person to make your medical decisions if you cannot make them for yourself. If you would like to initiate these forms or receive more information, tell the Pre-surgical Testing Nurse and she/he will assist you. There is no fee for this service. If you have existing documents, please bring to the Hospital so they may be placed in your medical record.
Instructions for the Day Before Surgery
You will receive pre-op instructions regarding medication, food and drink from your doctor's office at the time your surgery is scheduled.
- Please carefully follow the fasting instructions you received. Failure to do so could result in the delay or cancellation of your surgery
- A representative of the Hospital will contact you between 1 and 6 p.m. to confirm the time of your procedure and your arrival time. You will be asked to arrive 1.5 hours prior to your scheduled time.
- Avoid drinking alcohol or taking non-prescription drugs 24 hours before your surgery
- You must bathe (bath or shower) and wash your hair the night before and the morning of surgery to decrease the chance of infection. If you are provided a bath kit, please follow the enclosed instructions.
- Please call your surgeon if you have any changes to your health such as an infection, fever, cold or flu symptoms and scratches, abrasion or rashes where your surgery will be performed.
Instructions for the Day of Your Surgery
- You may brush your teeth but do not swallow water
- Do not use glue on your dentures
- If you need to take certain medications, do so with a SIP OF WATER.
- Do not take diabetic medications/insulin the morning of your surgery
- If you use an inhaler, CPAP mask and machine, braces, assistive devices or cervical collar, please bring with you
- Please bring any medications as directed by your physician
- Do not wear contacts, and if you wear glasses, please bring a case for them
- You may wear your hearing aids during pre-op, but bring a container to store them while in surgery
- Do not wear any makeup, nail polish, body piercings or hair products
- Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes
- Do not bring money or valuable items with you. Please leave any personal items at home or with a family member, especially cell phones, tablets, IPads, etc.
- Children/Minors must have a parent or the legal guardian (and legal paperwork) with them
- You will not be allowed to drive for 24 hours after anesthesia and you must have a responsible adult to drive you home after surgery.
You will receive detailed instructions of care after your surgery and contact information if any problems develop.