Surgery FAQS

Where do I park?

We’re a small, single-floor facility, so it’s easy to get around. Patients, visitors and family members can park in the North parking lot, located on the right side of the building.

What doors do I enter from?

Patients, visitors and family members can enter through our main doors in the front during business hours. After-hours access is through the Discharge Doors, around the corner of the building, to the left of the Main Entrance. Press the buzzer to the right of the doors, and you will be asked to identify yourself, then admitted for security purposes.

What primary insurance carriers cover surgical services?

Straith Hospital participates with the following insurers:

  • Auto Insurers
  • Blue Cross
  • Commercial Insurers
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicaid HMO Insurers
  • Workers Compensation Insurers

What should I bring with me to Straith Hospital?

  • Your current medications (prescribed and over-the counter) in their original containers and any inhaler you’re presently using
  • A list of allergies
  • Driver’s License or another form of identification
  • Insurance cards
  • Any legal documents explaining your medical preference in an emergency:
    • Advance Directive – a written statement of a person’s wishes regarding medical treatment, often including a living will, made to ensure those wishes are carried out should the person be unable to communicate them to a doctor.
    • Living Will – a document that instructs physicians and others to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment when the patient’s death is certain. It is called a “living” will simply because the declaration is made by a person when he or she is still alive and able to make medical decisions.
    • Power of Attorney for Medical Decisions – a legal document that gives someone you choose the power to act in your place.
  • Please do not bring jewelry or valuables with you to Straith Hospital

What medicine do I need?

Ask your primary care physician what prescribed medications, as well as what over-the-counter medications you need to continue taking prior to surgery, and when to take the last dose. Tell the nurses this information.

Is there anything I need to do before surgery?

You should not have any food or drink after midnight, the day before your scheduled surgery. However, you are allowed to take your normal morning medications with as little water as possible. Do not take any medication for diabetes, unless instructed by your surgeon or anesthesiologist.

What will happen to me before surgery at Straith Hospital?

The professional staff at Straith Hospital will help to ensure your surgery is performed safely and smoothly, as planned by your surgeon. You will be asked to arrive two hours before your scheduled surgery time for pre-operative procedures. You may be asked to change into a surgical gown. You will be asked to identify yourself and the surgical site many times by our staff members. This is for your safety and assurance of proper care. Please advise the nurse if you have dentures or a partial plate, glasses or hearing aid devices.

Depending on your procedure, some tests may be completed to check your blood or to alert us to any allergies. Laboratory work, EKG’s, detailed pre-anesthesia evaluations and physicals are conducted, reviewed and analyzed on-site, prior to your Straith Hospital surgery.

The anesthesiologist will do an evaluation and answer any questions that you have, regarding your procedure or our staff. If you’re having an outpatient surgical procedure, you must have a responsible adult representative at the hospital with you and to drive you home.

What will surgery be like?

Your operating room nurse will introduce herself to you, check your I.D., and ask you some questions. He or she will guide you along the way until your surgery is complete, so you can feel as comfortable as possible. In addition, an anesthesiologist will supervise your care throughout your surgical procedure.

What happens during recovery?

After your surgeon completes your procedure, you will be taken to our recovery area. This is a large room designed and staffed to care for your post-surgical needs. The staff will inform your adult representative when they may see you. You will be monitored closely and made as comfortable as possible until you are ready to be discharged home or taken to our inpatient unit for overnight care.

What kind of food is provided for visiting family members and guests of a patient?

We have limited food services available for family and guests. There are local restaurants in the area that deliver to Straith Hospital. However, coffee, tea, beverages and vending machines are available in the cafeteria for all visitors.

What does my representative need to know?

Your representative may wait in our waiting area while you are in surgery. They are welcome to read, watch television or relax in our expanded lobby/waiting area. Your surgeon will visit with them shortly after your procedure is completed, where you will be discharged to your representative to transport you safely back home.

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