Surgery

surgeryInpatient and outpatient services are provided at St. Bernard Parish Hospital’s Surgical Services Department, which consists of four surgery suites including one hybrid cath-lab, eight pre-operative rooms, eight recovery suites and two endoscopy suites. All contain state-of-the-art equipment and monitors that are operated by a skilled surgical team who specializes in providing the highest quality surgical care.

Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with 24 hour coverage available.

 


 

Pre-Operative Services

Located in the 2nd floor, adjacent to the surgery waiting room SBPH’s preoperative office

PDF Download – Nursing Preoperative Screening

PDF Download – Preoperative Medication List

 


 

Preparing for Surgery

Surgical Procedure Pre-Op Instructions

  • Do NOT eat or drink anything after midnight, unless instructed by Physician otherwise.
  • Do NOT chew gum, eat hard candy or smoke the morning of surgery.
  • As a General Rule, always follow your Physicians Instructions first.
  • If you normally take heart or blood pressure medicine in the morning, TAKE them with a sip of water the day of your procedure.
  • Do NOT take diuretics that cause you to go to the bathroom frequently.
  • You may shower, shampoo your hair and brush your teeth. Please do not wear cosmetics, eye makeup, lotions, fragrances, jewelry or valuables of any type. If you are having surgery on your hand or foot, please remove any nail polish from these areas. Please leave your valuables at home and remove any and all body piercings prior to your arrival at our facility. Bring only your insurance card and your photo ID. If you are a contact lens wearer, you may be asked to remove them prior to your procedure, so please bring your solution, storage case, and glasses with you.
  • It is imperative that you have a ride home and someone stay with you for 24 hours following your procedure. You may not go home in a cab or on public transportation. Please plan on having your driver remain with you for the entire procedure if at all possible.
  • Bring anything you may need for your surgery: eye kits, crutches, and any radiology studies (X-Rays, MRI, CT scan). If you have someone to be responsible for your items during your procedure, you may bring personal items to help occupy you during your waiting time.
  • Please arrive 2 hours prior to your SCHEDULED procedure time. Bring any papers you may have received from your Doctor’s office, your Informed Consent, copies of Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Directives (if needed for medical treatment of the patient), your insurance card, and a photo ID. If you have reading glasses, bring them with you.
  • The surgery schedule can have changes in start times up to the afternoon prior to your surgery. It is imperative that you give us a phone number where you can be reached the afternoon before your surgery.Please check your messages the evening before your surgery for any changes to your arrival time.

Please rely on the time that the preop screening nurse gave for your arrival; schedules may change from what you were told when your surgery was initially scheduled.
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GI/Endoscopy Procedures Pre-Op Instructions

  • Follow specific instructions given by your doctor for prep and for not eating or drinking on the day of your procedure.
  • If you normally take heart or blood pressure medicine in the morning, take them with a sip of water on the day of your procedure. Do NOT take diuretics that cause you to go to the bathroom frequently.
  • Remember – no food, water, or diabetic medication is allowed by mouth. If you are insulin dependent, we will call you with instructions.
  • Wear clothing that will be comfortable and easy for you to put on in a drowsy state.
  • You may shower, shampoo your hair and brush your teeth. PLEASE DO NOT wear cosmetics, eye makeup, lotions, fragrance, jewelry or valuables of any type. Please leave your valuables at home & remove any and all body piercings prior to your arrival to our facility. If you are a contact lens wearer, you may be asked to remove them prior to your procedure, so please bring your solution, storage case & your glasses with you.
  • It is IMPERATIVE for you to have a ride home and someone to stay with you for 24 hours following your procedure. Please plan on having your ride remain with you for the entire procedure if at all possible
  • If you need an interpreter, please notify our preop screening staff member.
  • Bring any papers you may have received from the Doctor’s office, your Informed Consent, your insurance card, photo ID and any co-pay that may be needed.
  • Please arrive 1 hour prior to your scheduled procedure time. We need this time to prepare you for your procedure and to allow for last minute schedule changes. Your prompt arrival is important to maintain the flow of the procedure schedule.
  • The surgery schedule can have changes in start times up to the afternoon prior to your surgery. It is imperative that you give us a phone number where you can be reached the afternoon before your surgery.Please check your messages the evening before your surgery for any changes to your arrival time.

Please rely on the time that the preop screening nurse gave for your arrival; schedules may change from what you were told when your surgery was initially scheduled.

 

Day of Surgery

Pre-Surgical Care/Check-In

On the day of your procedure, you should arrive at the scheduled appointment time to allow time for admitting and pre-procedure preparation. Please bring insurance cards and picture identification as this is required for surgery. Also, please leave all valuables at home the day of surgery. If you have not already done so, you will also be asked to sign a consent form for your procedure, which acknowledges your permission for the physician and facility to care for you.

An anesthesiologist will discuss your anesthesia with you and answer any questions. Your family or escort may join you until it is time for your surgery. At the appropriate time you will be taken to the operating room. During surgery your escort will stay in a waiting area and will be notified by our staff of when to rejoin you in the recovery area after your surgery.

Post-Surgical Care

After your surgery, you will be placed in a recovery area where you will be closely monitored and cared for by our team of trained recovery care professionals and anesthesiologist. Once you have fully recovered a designated member of your family or friends may visit you as you prepare to be discharged.

If your surgery requires an overnight stay, our outstanding hospital +nursing staff will care for you in your private room. Once your doctor has given release orders you will be scheduled for release from the hospital. Prior to release you will be given important information regarding your post-surgical care to help you transition from hospital care to home care. Please follow all post-surgical instructions carefully. Contact your physician’s office if you have questions about your medication or questions concerning your recovery.

For the safety of our patients, hospital safety policy prevents patients from driving themselves after surgery. Therefore, we ask that you have someone designated to drive you home from the hospital following your discharge.