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Surgical Services

What is the contact information for Surgical Services at Fort Madison Community Hospital?

5445 Avenue O
PO Box 174
Fort Madison, IA

What are the hours of the Surigical Services Department at Fort Madison Community Hospital?

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  & 24 Hour Emergency Coverage

When Surgery is in your plan of care, it is important to choose a hospital that you can trust.  Fort Madison Community Hospital brings together a highly skilled surgical team and the latest in technology to produce positive outcomes. Focused on the things that are important to you:

  • Communication- with your safety and quality care top of mind, our highly trained staff communicates with you before, during and after your surgery making sure you know what to expect.

    Patient talking with FMCH nurse and doctor

  • Anesthesia- FMCH partners with Midwest Anesthesia to make this part of your surgical experience a positive one.  These Nurse Anesthetists work exclusively as part of your FMCH team.
  • Physicians- we have physicians in all of the following areas who have privileges at FMCH to do surgery: General Surgery; Gynecology Surgery; Orthopedics; Otolaryngology (ENT); Urology; Obstetrics; Podiatry.
  • Innovations in Surgical Procedures- dedicated to providing the highest quality care utilizing the latest in technological equipment.
  • Timeliness- we know that the wait to have your surgery can be more stressful than the surgery itself that is why we strive to schedule your surgery to fit your life.
  • Surgical Team- you know them, you trust them and they combine their expertise to bring you the best care possible.
  • Low infection rate- FMCH consistently boasts surgical infection rates below the national standard.

Features of Fort Madison Community Hospital's Surgical Services Department include:

  • 4 high-tech operating rooms
  • Private, comfortable waiting area for patients' families
  • Surgi-Center with 10 private rooms for pre and post-surgery care
  • Pediatric friendly environment
  • Nourishment center for light meals and snacks after surgery

Whether Outpatient or Inpatient Surgery, FMCH offers minimally invasive procedures to decrease your pain and recovery time. It is our goal to be able to provide a wide range of surgical procedures at FMCH so you do not have to travel far from home for quality care:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Endoscopy
  • General Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Laparoscopy
  • Maxillofacial
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatric
  • Plastic surgery
  • Podiatry
  • Thoracic
  • Trauma
  • Urology
  • Vascular

Pre-Surgical Information

Surgery staff will call patients two days prior to their scheduled surgery day to confirm personal surgery needs. The exception to this is if the patient is scheduled for an Epidural Steroid Injection or sedation for radiology procedures which the patient will then be called the day before the scheduled procedure. Please notify your physician and Surgery staff if you develop a fever, cough, or illness at this time.

Because each surgical procedure is unique, surgery times may vary. The surgery staff will keep patients informed of the progress of surgeries and any possible delays in their treatment. Each patient can expect the same care and attention from their physician when it is time for their surgery.

Fort Madison Community Hospital requests that patients follow these guidelines prior to surgery:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
  • You may take medications, as instructed by your physician, with a sip of water.
  • Brush your teeth, but do not swallow any water.
  • Bathe with antibacterial soap.
  • Men should shave the morning of their surgery.
  • Women should remove all make-up and nail polish.
  • Please leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Arrange transportation home after your surgery. Please make sure you have arranged for someone to come with you to drive you home.
  • When you arrive, walk in the Emergency/Annex door located on the north side of the building and report to the desk on your left to check in. (Click here for a map of the hospital.)

If you have any questions regarding your scheduled surgery, please call Ambulatory Surgery at 319-376-2233.

Anesthesia Services

Pain management is a very important issue for Fort Madison Community Hospital. Anesthesia is one means of managing pain during certain medical procedures. What is anesthesia? It is a gas or IV medication which causes the patient to temporarily lose sensation in all or part of their body.

Scheduled for a procedure requiring anesthesia?

  • Each patient meets with the Surgical Services staff and Anesthetist during a preoperative visit. During this visit, patients discuss their medical history, medications, past experiences with anesthesia and general health. Patients may ask questions and express concerns regarding their procedure at this time.
  • An Anesthetist then determines the optimum anesthesia plan for each patient based on information provided during the preoperative visit and the patient's test results.

What happens during surgery?

  • An Anesthetist will administer the anesthetic, monitor the patient's vital signs and adjust the level of anesthetic as necessary. Top-notch anesthesia care is provided at FMCH by Anesthetists with an average of 17 years of experience each.
  • Although one Anesthetist remains with the patient throughout the entire anesthetic course, all Anesthetists at FMCH work as a team to provide the most pleasant anesthetic experience possible.

What should I expect after surgery?

  • After surgery, you will either be taken back to the Ambulatory Surgery area of to FMCH's Post-Anesthesia area for recovery.
  • Surgical Services staff constantly monitors the patient's vital signs as the anesthesia's effects diminish.
  • Medications will be administered to reduce pain after surgery.

What are the side effects of anesthesia?

  • Risks and major side effects are rare. Millions of patients undergo anesthesia every year without incident.
  • Technological advances in the field of anesthesia have significantly decreased even minor side effects such as nausea.

How will a child react to anesthesia?

  • FMCH Anesthetists have a wealth of training and experience with pediatric anesthesia.
  • Children receive their initial anesthetic through a mask. Once they are asleep, an IV will be started.
  • Children are more susceptible to minor side effects like nausea but medications can be prescribed to combat them.

Why am I getting a separate bill for anesthesia services?

  • The Anesthetists who provide services at Fort Madison Community Hospital are employed by Midwest Anesthesia. You will receive a bill from FMCH for anesthetic medications and equipment and a bill from Midwest Anesthesia Care for the Anesthetist's services.

If you have questions regarding your anesthesia bill, please call 1-800-296-4317.

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