Hospital Patients

Surgery

Manning General Hospital has beautifully renovated surgical suites and recovery area to provide you with the service and care you expect. We provide state of the art equipment, including a new C-arm for a variety of procedures. Our staff of dedicated nurses and visiting surgical specialists is sure to provide you with optimal comfort and the highest quality of care possible.

We have a number of general and specialized surgeons providing outstanding care through both inpatient and outpatient procedures. Specifically, we are equipped to provide procedures in General Surgery, OB-GYN, Orthopedic, Urology, Podiatry, Pain Services, EMG/Nerve Conduction, Endoscopy, and Ear, Nose and Throat.

To learn more about our surgeons, please visit the Medical Staff page. In addition, the hospital has 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on call surgical coverage to meet our patient’s needs.   For specific questions you can call 712-655-8220 or email michelle.andersen@mrhcia.com.

Surgical Information

Have you been told that you need to have surgery? You are not alone. Millions of people have surgery each year. Most surgeries are not emergency. You have time to find out as much as possible about the surgery, think it over and review your options. There are questions that you will want to ask. An informed decision is easier to make. Your surgeon can help. Talk with your surgeon about your condition and the surgery that is recommended. Do not hesitate to ask questions, your surgeon should welcome it. If you do not understand something, ask the surgeon to explain it a different way. Following are a few questions that are recommended to be asked to make you a more informed patient.

  •     What surgery is recommended?
  •     Why do I need this done?
  •     Can another treatment be tried instead of surgery?
  •     What if I do not have the surgery?
  •     How will the surgery affect my health and lifestyle?
  •     Are there any activities that I won’t be able to do after the surgery?
  •     How long will it take to recover?
  •     Where will the surgery be done?
  •     What kind of anesthesia will be used?
  •     Is there anything else I should know about this surgery?

Answers to these questions will make you more informed and will ensure you are making the best decision for you or your loved one.

For more information on specific procedures, click here.

For more general information on preparing for surgery, click here.

Before having any kind of surgical procedure you will have to sign a consent. This is why it is so important to know the facts about your procedure before surgery. When you sign the consent you are stating that you have had all your questions answered and that you understand what is going to be done and why and that you have been explained the risks and benefits of having surgery done. You can safely do this if you have taken the time to ask important questions and feel confident that this procedure is right for you. The surgeon will take the time to explain this to you in detail but be sure you understand what is being explained.

Once you have decided to have a surgical procedure and all of your questions have been answered by your surgeon, you will need to visit with a perioperative nurse. Any of our surgical nurses can give you the information you need to prepare for your upcoming procedure. Instructions will be written down for you and explained. It is important to follow these instructions to ensure adequate preparation for surgery.

Once a surgical procedure is scheduled you will need to make an appointment to see your family physician for a preoperative history and physical. This needs to be done within 7 days before your procedure. You will be instructed to have this done. Not every procedure requires this, so be clear about yours.

The Day of Surgery

  •     You will need to arrive at MRHC at the time given to you by the surgical staff.
  •     Report to the Business Office to check in.
  •     You will be directed where to go to prepare for your procedure.
  •     When it is time for your procedure you be taken to the appropriate room.
  •     You may or may not go the recovery room after surgery, this depends on what you are having done.
  •     You will be discharged according to how you feel and what procedure you have had done.
  •     It is important to bring a list of any allergies that you have as well as any medication that you take, including over the counter medications such as vitamins.
  •     You may need a driver to bring you and take you home.

Anesthesia care is an important part of your surgical experience. It is necessary to know about it. Here are some questions and answers that you may want to know:

  •     Are there different kinds of anesthesia? Yes. There are three main categories of anesthesia; local, regional, and general. Each has many forms and uses.
    •         In local anesthesia, the anesthetic drug is usually injected into the tissue to numb just that area requiring surgery, for example the hand or foot.
    •         In regional anesthesia there is an injection near a cluster of nerves to numb that area of your body that requires surgery. You may remain awake, or you may be given a sedative. You do not see or feel the surgery actually take place. There are several kinds of regional anesthesia. One of the most frequently used is spinal anesthesia. This is produced by an injection in your back made with great exactness in the appropriate area. They are preferred for several surgical procedures.
    •         During general anesthesia you are unconscious and have no awareness or other sensations. There are a number of general anesthetic drugs. Some are gases administered through a mask and some are given through tubing that goes into a vein. During anesthesia you are closely monitored, controlled and treated. A breathing tube may be inserted through your mouth and frequently into the windpipe to maintain proper breathing during this time. At the end of your surgery you will regain awareness in the recovery room.
  •     What are the risks of anesthesia? All operations and all anesthesia have some risks, and they are dependent upon many factors including the type of surgery and the medical condition of the patient. Fortunately, adverse events are very rare. Your anesthesia provider takes precautions to prevent any problems, just as you do when driving a car or crossing the street. The specific risks of anesthesia vary with the particular procedure and the condition of the patient. You should ask your anesthesia provider about any risks associated with your anesthesia.

For an anesthesia checklist, click here.

Every procedure is different and each one can have different instructions, anesthesia and requirements. Be sure to ask if you have any questions. If you have questions you can call 712-655-8220, you can leave a message if no one is available or you can email with questions to michelle.andersen@mrhcia.com.

Your health is important to us and we want to do whatever we can to ensure your safety and satisfaction. Please let us know how we can help.