General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal organs, e.g., intestines including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and the thyroid gland. They also deal with diseases involving the skin, breast, and hernias.
Welcome to the future of surgery in Decatur. Parkway Medical Center is proud to offer a comprehensive approach to outpatient surgery, combining the convenience and flexibility of same-day surgery with the strength and reliability of a full-service hospital. The perfect blend of surgical expertise, patient safety and personal attention. It’s outpatient surgery with your safety, comfort and privacy as our top priority, and you won’t find a better combination anywhere. Parkway’s Same Day Surgery 256.350.2211.
Nobody likes to stay in a hospital longer than necessary. The goal of our Parkway’s Care in Same Day Services is to make it possible for you to recover from minor procedures in the comfort of your home. After all, isn’t that where you’d rather be?
Some surgical needs do not require overnight stays. The focus of Parkway’s Care is not only providing convenience and, in some cases, substantial cost savings, but also earning your trust in our ability to make both surgery and recovery as comfortable as possible.
- Comprehensive Surgical Specialties
- Skilled Surgical Nursing Care
- Expedited Registration and Discharge
- 24-hr. M.D. Anesthesiology Coverage
- Personal Comfort Robes
- Warm Blanket Service
- Reserved Parking
- Post-Procedure Follow-up
- Full-Service Hospital Support
Comprehensive Surgical Specialties
Our highly skilled team of healthcare professionals are dedicated to your health. From the surgeon to the anesthesiologist, from the nurses to the surgical technicians, they utilize caring hands and hearts, and the full complement of technology a full service hospital can offer.
Skilled Surgical Nursing Care
We believe when the patient knows what to expect, he or she will feel less apprehensive. It is important to take the time to keep you well informed. And our skilled professionals will do just that. They are always available to answer any questions you or your family may have. They are part of a complete surgical support system Parkway Medical Center has carefully assembled for your care.
Expedited Registration and Discharge
It is important to us that you and your family feel comfortable and at ease. Pre-registration for your procedure will take place prior to your arrival at Parkway Medical Center. That allows you to arrive knowing that less paperwork, and less time will be required for your registration.
Same Day Surgery Preparation Instructions
A consent form for surgery must be signed upon your arrival. For our patients under age 18 a parent or guardian must sign the form. Your arrival time has been arranged so that you may go directly to Same Day Services one hour before surgery. Your temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure will be checked. At this time, any tests ordered by your physician will be also be performed.
For your safety, you will not be permitted to leave Same Day Services alone following the administration of anesthetic drugs. Please make arrangements for someone to drive you home. We strongly recommend that, if you live more than an hour drive from the hospital, you should plan on overnight accommodations near the hospital. If you need help making these arrangements, please contact Same Day Services for assistance. You will be discharged according to your physician’s orders, and our staff will provide you with a list of the doctor’s instructions. The efficiency of the registrar and discharge nurse communication process allows for your discharge to be handled in a timely manner, getting you back home as soon as possible.
Instructions for Same Day Surgery Patients
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the day of surgery. Take nothing by mouth, including coffee, juice, water, food or medicine, (If you are taking medicine, bring it with you; you may take it after surgery.)
- You may brush your teeth prior to surgery, but do not swallow the liquid.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before surgery.
- If requested, bring an early morning urine sample.
- Someone must accompany you to the hospital to drive home. (Note: If a child is having surgery, two adults must be present, one to drive and one to care for the child.)
- Wear loose fitting, easy to change clothing.
- Perform your usual bathing routine.
- Do not wear fingernail polish or any kind of eye makeup.
- Bring a case for eyeglasses, contact lenses or dentures, if necessary.
- Please bring all insurance claim forms and identification cards, including Medicare/Medicaid.
- Do not bring jewelry or other valuables. The hospital cannot be responsible for their safekeeping.
- We strongly urge that you do not bring children, since they may become restless while waiting.
For More Information Or In Case of Emergencies
If you develop a medical problem, call your physician. If the doctor is not available, call either the Emergency Room at 256.350.2211, or come directly to the hospital’s Emergency Room.
Your surgery may have to be canceled or rescheduled if you eat or drink anything beforehand, or if you have a change in your physical condition, such as a cold, fever, persistent cough or rash. If these or other unforeseen reasons cause you to cancel surgery, please contact Same Day Services and your physician as soon as possible.
24-hr. M.D. Anesthesiology Coverage
You can feel secure knowing that an Anesthesiologist is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Working with your surgeon, you have the support of trained medical professionals during your procedure.
Personal Comfort Robes
We’ve got you covered! Plush robes are provided to our surgical patients to wrap yourself in luxury during your stay. Personal attention is an important part of our care.
Warm Blanket Service
The touch and feel of a warm blanket snuggly wrapped around you by caring, attentive professionals. We will do everything possible to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
At Parkway Medical Center we want your entire experience to be positive. By offering our surgical patients a reserved parking area, we alleviate the worry of finding a parking place, or knowing where to park.
Trained professionals will call you to check on you after your surgical procedure. They’ll ask you if you’ve had any prescriptions filled, or are having any difficulties since your discharge. Our caring and compassionate staff members want you to know that you may have been discharged, but your follow up care is just as important. Let our caring hands reach out to you!
Surgery Instructions for Children
Whether our patient is a child, teen, adult or a senior, our guidelines apply to all. Babies and young children may wear pajamas to the hospital and bring their favorite toy or blanket, if desired. It is not safe for anyone to care for a child who has had surgery and drive a car at the same time. Please bring another adult to assist you. Be prepared to stay at the hospital until your child is discharged.
Full-Service Hospital Support
Feelings of anxiety prior to any visit to the hospital may be present. But your visit is backed by the support of an entire highly-trained hospital staff. The availability of these resources can alleviate any fears you may experience. Skill and proficiency combined with welcoming hospitality comprise what we call Muskogee Care. Welcome to The Surgery Center at Parkway Medical Center.
For more information on Same Day Services or a referral, call 256.350-2211.