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St Mary's Medical Center

Preparing for Surgery

Surgery is stressful enough without the added worry of forgetting something important. That’s why we eliminate the guesswork.

Experienced care teams

A full team of specialists is involved in your care from the time your surgery is scheduled through your return home. You’ll meet with a nurse to help you get ready for surgery, a pharmacist to review your medication needs and an anesthesiologist to discuss pain control. On the day of your procedure, specialized nurses, many with certifications in surgical care, provide expert care. Your board-certified surgeon meets with you and your family before and after surgery and makes sure your procedure goes smoothly. Your team is rounded out by case managers and others who help you navigate everything from paperwork and billing to heading home.

Get to know your hospital

Your comfort and convenience are important to us. When it’s time for your surgery, we want you to know about all the services available to you and your friends and family. Our hospitals offer gift shops and cafés, Wi-Fi and other amenities. We also have dedicated teams ready to provide spiritual care, financial guidance and more.

Learn what we provide for patients and visitors.

ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery)

At St. Mary's Medical Center we want the best outcomes for our patients. By utilizing ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) principles, like empowering our patients through knowledge, using evidence based practices and a multidisciplinary team approach, we are confident our patients will have the best possible experience during this stressful time.

ERAS pathways have transformed the way we do surgery, from drinking two hours prior to anesthesia, to treating pain before it ever gets started. This program has been shown to decrease complications, the time spent in the hospital, and costs. It helps our patients regain their quality of life more quickly.

If you have any questions about this program please contact our ERAS coordinator at 970-298-1840.

Here’s what you need to know before, during and after your surgery.

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