Surgical Care

Experienced Team
Our team of experienced surgeons, anesthesiologist, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), surgical registered nurses and surgical technicians, work together to provide personal care for each patient.

Surgical Suite
Our surgical suite is streamlined for safe and efficient patient care.  The surgical suite features three operating rooms and patient care areas.  A specialized procedure room is equipped with a state-of-the-art Imaging system and for treating a range of urological problems.

Advanced Procedures
Surgeons perform advanced procedures such as laparoscopic appendectomy, arthroscopic shoulder surgery, custom knee replacement and "stitchless" cataract surgery. These procedures are among the ways that physicians are approaching surgery, creating smaller incisions, reducing postoperative pain and speeding recovery times for our patients.

Surgeons on the Titusville Area Hospital Medical Staff provide services to pediatric and adult patients for both elective and emergency surgical procedures in these specialties:

Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery, including Bronchoscopy

Foot & Ankle Surgery

Gastroenterology including Esophago-gastroscopy and Colonoscopy

General Surgery such as gallbladder removal, hernia repair, removal of skin lesions

Gynecology

Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery

Ophthalmology

Sleep Dentistry

Urology

If you have questions about a specific procedure that you do not see listed here, please talk with your doctor.

 

Outpatient Surgical Patient Instructions

You will receive specific instructions when your doctor schedules your surgical procedure. The following is general information.

Surgical Assessment

Allow two to three (2-3) hours for your surgical assessment, to register, and to meet with nursing, laboratory, imaging and anesthesiology staff.

What to bring with you to the Hospital:

1) Doctor's referral/order

2) List of medications

3) List of allergies

4) Insurance card(s)

5) Photo identification

6) Payment, co-payment or insurance deductible when applicable

If for any reason you need to change your assessment date, call the Hospital Operating Room staff at 827-1851 extension 2180.  
Follow  instructions  provided by  your  doctor.  Make a plan for your care and recovery after your surgical procedure.  Allow time for resting by having help with your day-to-day activities. 

Day Before Procedure

One weekday day before your surgical procedure, call 814-827-1851 extension 2180 or 1-800 950-1851 extension 2180, to find out what time to arrive at the Hospital.  If your surgery is scheduled for a Monday or the day following a holiday, call the Friday before or the day before the holiday to find out what time to arrive at the Hospital.

After Midnight or the Morning of Your Procedure

Follow your doctor's instructions.

If certain medicines are needed on the morning of the procedure, the anesthesiologist will tell you when and how to take them.  
Remove any nail polish from fingers and toes before your procedure.  Do not use make-up, mascara,  nail polish, perfume, hairspray or hair products that contain alcohol the day of your surgical procedure.

Day of Your Procedure

Follow your pre-operative instructions.

Different instructions may be given for infants and children, and diabetics.

When you arrive at the Hospital nursing unit, you will be asked to change into a Hospital gown and your blood pressure and temperature will be recorded.  Medication may be given to help you relax and keep you from getting sick to your stomach.  If someone accompanies you, they may wait with you until you go to the Operating Room.

No glasses, contacts, dentures, partials, jewelry, hairpins, or tampons are allowed in the Operating Room (O.R.). Check with the nurse about having your hearing aid in the Operating Room. 

You will be given a cap to cover your hair.  When it is close to your operation time, you will be taken to a patient care holding area in the surgical suite where our staff will complete a Surgical Safety Checklist. Your chart will be checked, and an intravenous (IV) line will be started if it hasn't already been done.  Warm blankets are available if you get cold. You will never be left alone in the Surgical Suite.

Following Your Procedure

In most cases, after your procedure you will be taken to the Recovery Room.  In some cases you will return directly to the Same Day Surgery or Short Procedure Unit (S.P.U.).

Time spent in the Recovery Room depends on the anesthesia, the type of procedure, and your condition. 

You will never be left alone in the Recovery Room.

After discharge from the Recovery Room, you will be taken back to your Hospital room.  Nurses will care for you in your room until it is safe to allow you to go home.  Sometimes it is necessary to have you stay overnight.

It is not safe for you to drive for 24-hours after an anesthetic, so you will need to make arrangements for someone to drive you home.