Surgical Services

Your unique health needs will be met by an experienced, skilled, surgical team using advanced technology and the best surgical options for you, conveniently located close to home and loved ones. Your surgical care may require inpatient hospital services or be a same-day procedure. 

Surgical Services at Spencer Hospital

Surgeons from a variety of specialties practice at Spencer Hospital, and are skilled in both traditional and minimally invasive surgical procedure, including robotic surgery.

Surgical and diagnostic services at Spencer Hospital’s Surgery Center include: 

Our surgeons, along with their experienced surgical teams and certified registered nurse anesthetists, perform over 6,000 procedures annually representing approximately 500 different types of procedures, including several robotic-assisted procedures. Our Surgical Center features six operating rooms, two endoscopy rooms, a special procedures area, recovery and 23 patient rooms. Our surgical program is also supported by a highly trained sterilization team, who clean, pack and sterilizes all operating room supplies. All surgical suites are disinfected by the Xenex ultraviolet light disinfection system that we affectionately named Violet . 

In addition, the surgery team coordinates care with other specialties, including Rehabilitative Services to help with your post-care recovery.

Your Surgery: What to Expect

When you are scheduled for surgery at Spencer Hospital, your surgeon’s office personnel will provide you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your specific procedure. Also, your surgeon’s office staff will assist you in scheduling a pre-surgical physical to assure you are healthy for your procedure. Spencer Hospital’s preadmissions team will contact you a day or two prior to surgery to confirm your arrival and scheduled procedure time, and to answer any questions.

If you are having a same day procedure and will not be admitted overnight to the hospital, please arrange to have a licensed driver over age 18 available to drive you home. 

The Day of Surgery

Upon arrival, feel free to use our complimentary valet services available weekdays between 5:30 AM – 5:30 PM, or you may park your own vehicle in our guest lot. Enter the hospital using the main entrance “A”, and the Surgery Center entrance will be close by. You will check in with the surgery registration office located within the Surgery Center. When ready, you will be escorted to your room where your nurse will make sure you are comfortable, and prepared for your procedure.

Your recovery time post-procedure will vary based on the type anesthesia/sedation you received. Depending on the procedure and your personal health, you may be in and out of the hospital in the same day, or you may be admitted for inpatient care.

If you have any other questions about your preparation, your procedure or any other concerns, please contact our preadmissions team at (712) 264-6332 or your doctor’s office. If you must cancel or reschedule your procedure, please call at least 24-36 hours in advance.

Family & Friends

Many patients are accompanied by family members or friends.  We seek to ensure that those supporting you are comfortable and informed without disrupting your care. One relative or friend can wait with you in your room while you are being prepared for your procedure.  After you are taken to the operating area, your guest can return to the waiting area or visit other public areas of the hospital’s campus. With your permission, the physician will discuss the findings with your family member or friend after the procedure.

The follow amenities are offered for your guests:

  • To keep your guests informed, we provide care pagers which can receive messages throughout the hospital campus, including the café, coffee shop and Grand Avenue Park. With this technology, we can send you messages on a disk that is provided, or your guest can provide a cell phone number so our team can contact him or her.
  • The patient tracking board provides information on which stage of preparation, surgery or recovery the patient is currently experiencing. For confidentiality, numbers which have been assigned to patients appear on the tracking board.
  • A children’s playroom is offered within the surgery waiting area to help occupy time for young guests.
  • Complimentary coffee and light refreshments are also available in the waiting area. The café is located on the first floor, a short walk away, as is a coffee shop which serves a variety of beverages and snacks. 

If you have questions at any point, please ask us. Good communications and understanding are important elements in your care and healing.